See No Labor, Hear No Labor

See No Labor, Hear No Labor

This article was originally published by the Wall Street Journal on February 8, 2022 and updated with new data on April 1, 2022.

Hourly workers fall off the government’s radar as they shift from
traditional payrolls to flexible apps.

Employee Spotlight: Kenneth Luu, Director of Business Operations

Employee Spotlight: Kenneth Luu, Director of Business Operations

Our mission at Instawork is to create economic opportunities for local businesses and professionals, globally. In order to achieve that mission, we have built a team composed of talented and hard-working individuals who are passionate about connecting skilled hourly professionals with local businesses who need their services.

Can Flexible Work Close the Gender Pay Gap?

Can Flexible Work Close the Gender Pay Gap?

Key takeaways

  • Online platforms for flexible work, like Instawork, may eliminate gender gaps in hourly pay, since rates are set before shifts are booked.
  • In fact, we find no significant gender gaps in hourly pay across the wide range of roles and regions we serve.
  • Because women receive slightly higher ratings on our platform for shifts worked in a variety of roles, an implication of equity in pay is that they offer better value to businesses.
What it's like working at a country club

What it's like working at a country club

What do you think about when you picture a country club? Probably swimming pools, golf courses, spas, and fine dining. Do you imagine yourself being successful there? You should! Country clubs need plenty of talented, hard-working professionals to staff these grand, high-end properties and keep them running smoothly.

Introducing data on hourly pay from Instawork

Introducing data on hourly pay from Instawork

Every day, the Instawork platform handles thousands of transactions involving businesses and hourly professionals, generating a huge amount of data on hourly pay as well as other aspects of the labor market. Because hourly professionals represent more than half of the American workforce, an up-to-date picture of trends in their pay can be a useful tool for businesses, investors, and the professionals themselves. 

What does flexible work really mean for hospitality workers?

What does flexible work really mean for hospitality workers?

“Flexible work” is a hot topic these days. As life gets closer to normal, many employees don’t want to return to the office after nearly two years of working from home. They’re fighting for more flexibility, including remote options.

But for hospitality professionals—working from home was never a possibility. Does that mean you can’t have “flexible work” too?

No, not at all. With platforms like Instawork, hospitality workers can have flexibility. It just looks a little different from an office worker’s options.

Let us explain.

Does the Super Bowl boost the local economy?

Does the Super Bowl boost the local economy?

The Super Bowl is the biggest single-day sporting event of the year in the United States, and estimates of the economic boost for metro areas that host the game run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. This year the game is at Inglewood's SoFi Stadium, and we've been tracking economic activity in the area for the Instawork Economic Research Newsletter.

Employee Spotlight: Richard Dimaio, General Manager

Employee Spotlight: Richard Dimaio, General Manager

Our mission at Instawork is to create economic opportunities for local businesses and professionals, globally. In order to achieve that mission, we have built a team composed of talented and hard-working individuals who are passionate about connecting skilled hourly professionals with local businesses who need their services.

[Takeaways] How university auxiliary services can staff ahead of the curve

[Takeaways] How university auxiliary services can staff ahead of the curve

Nearly two years after COVID-19 disrupted operations for just about every business around the world, most universities expected (or at least hoped) that things would get back to normal. That not only would campuses be completely open — auxiliary services like dining halls, campus stores, and stadium concessions would be operating at full steam too. 

[Case study] Instawork Pros become part of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links family

[Case study] Instawork Pros become part of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links family

For hospitality businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic brought a plummet in demand that stayed for months. But thanks to their sprawling seaside location, Half Moon Bay Golf Links — a world-class resort known for their two acclaimed golf courses — served as a safe and luxurious escape. As a result, they began to recover before many other businesses.

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