What happens to pay during the holidays?

What happens to pay during the holidays?

Key takeaways

  • Hourly pay for flexible work in service-related industries may rise during the fall if the economy reverts to pre-pandemic trends
  • Businesses with higher demand for work on the actual holidays are likely to see large spikes in pay in their labor markets
  • Other businesses can expect stable pay throughout the fourth quarter unless another wave of the pandemic disrupts labor supply
Labor Market Focus - Boston

Labor Market Focus - Boston

Good experiences lead to worker loyalty

Good experiences lead to worker loyalty

Key takeaways

  • Workers are more likely to return to work at the same business after both they and the business leave positive reviews
  • Higher pay is not always linked to a higher likelihood of a given returning, though it does makes shifts more attractive to all workers
  • Other non-monetary factors, like commuting time, may also influence workers' likelihood of returning
Labor Market Focus - Denver

Labor Market Focus - Denver

Demand for flexible work in the Denver area has been rising, with workers committing more hours to earning extra income. Trends in pay have been mixed, however, reflecting nationwide trends in demand for goods and services from different sectors.

Why pay in hospitality is rising

Why pay in hospitality is rising

Key takeaways

  • Hourly pay in hospitality roles has been rising in line with higher demand from consumers.
  • Outdoor events such as sports games and concerts have driven pay for counter staff up by 14%.
  • Coastal cities have seen the highest pay raises in hospitality thanks in part to decreases in the local labor supply.
Labor Market Focus - Philadelphia

Labor Market Focus - Philadelphia

Workers in the Philadelphia metropolitan area are facing an affordability crisis. Prices are generally higher than the national average, but hourly pay hasn't kept up. Many workers are turning to flexible work as a way to make ends meet, as well as to learn new skills and try out new roles.

Career paths in flexible work

Career paths in flexible work

Key takeaways

  • Flexible workers can pick up skills and experience that offer career advancement outside of traditional channels.
  • Career paths include movement to higher-wage roles and from shift work to permanent hires.
  • Flexible work can be a "try-before-you-buy" recruiting tool as well as a source of temporary labor.
How expanding our business network improves outcomes for hourly work

How expanding our business network improves outcomes for hourly work

Key takeaways

  • When more businesses join the Instawork platform, network effects bring benefits to existing partners as well.
  • These benefits include higher fill rates, higher-quality workers, and higher satisfaction with completed shifts.
  • The benefits are connected to the diversification of our business partners and not just higher volumes of shifts on our platform.
How high gas prices affect in-person hourly workers

How high gas prices affect in-person hourly workers

Key takeaways

  • Workers have been traveling further to complete shifts this year than at the same time last year.
  • But workers are not willing to travel as far this year for the same pay, reflecting the pressure of higher prices.
  • Businesses will have to pay more to induce workers to make longer commutes.
The premiums for night, weekend, and holiday shifts

The premiums for night, weekend, and holiday shifts

Key takeaways

  • In general, workers expect higher rates of hourly pay for shifts that take place during nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • These premiums are highest in hospitality and lowest in industries related to non-perishable goods, including logistics and retail.
  • For businesses that can't raise pay any more right now, a variety of other factors can make shifts more attractive to workers.

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