These are the hottest shifts for flexible work during the holidays
- Shifts in customer-facing hospitality roles filled up exceptionally quickly during the holiday season last year
- Hourly pay rates actually fell for many of the same roles, again suggesting they were easy to fill
- Shifts in other roles were harder to fill during the holidays, and pay rates rose for many of them
How Kansas City's labor market took a surprising turn
The Kansas City metropolitan area has been one of the strongest labor markets in the country for more than a decade. So it was puzzling when the unemployment rate started to rise in early 2021 while the nation as a whole saw joblessness fall. What happened next was the sort of experiment economists dream about.
The surprising relationship between education and flexible work
- Instawork Pros are more highly educated than the overall pool of hourly workers
- As in the labor market at large, higher educational attainment is associated with higher hourly pay
- Better educated workers also receive better ratings in our reputation system, confirming the value of education for in-person, hourly, flexible work
Monthly Labor Market Report - September 2022
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. This report summarizes some of the major trends in demographics, roles, and worker constraints in regions across the United States.
These industries are creating the most jobs in Detroit
Recent changes in the Detroit area's labor market have been among the most dramatic in the United States. Once a case study in post-industrial decline and urban decay, the region has been revitalized by a tech-driven renaissance. Big companies like Apple and Amazon have been investing in the area, sensing the potential for a tech nexus with much lower costs than Silicon Valley.
What happens to pay during the holidays?
- 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
ECEC Release Briefing: Business Costs September 2022
- Business costs rose most quickly between June and September for ancillary roles in the service sector
- Increases in costs were down to around 1% for many hospitality roles after spikes in the spring
- Hourly labor costs in the industrial sector held steady
Labor Market Focus - Boston
The Boston area has some of the highest pay rates in the nation for flexible workers, with Pros on the Instawork platform earning more than the MIT Living Wage for single people without children. Demand for flexible work has also been rising steeply, with a 21% increase month-on-month for Boston businesses in August. Here we look at some of the longer-term trends in the Boston labor market.
Introducing the first State of the Flexible Workforce report
Roughly 76 million workers in the United States – more than half of the U.S. labor force – are paid hourly. Among them is a fast-growing group of workers deciding when and how to work based on their personal needs and financial goals. They're creating a new category: the flexible workforce.
Good experiences lead to worker loyalty
- 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