Please provide a demographic breakdown of Uber's drivers
Fourteen percent of Uber's drivers are women, with nearly half of them reporting they drive to earn money for their family, education or health expenses. Nearly a quarter of Uber's drivers are over the age of 50, while just 19% are under age 30. The majority of drivers are white (40.3%). Eighty-seven percent of those working for the company are doing so because they want to be their own boss. Nearly a quarter of the drivers report Uber is their sold source of income, and 71% say that their Uber partnership is more lucrative than their previous position. I've shared my findings below which contains most of the crucial information regarding Uber driver demographics.
ACADEMIC SURVEY (BROWN UNIVERSITY December 2016)
According to a survey of 110 Uber drivers, 76% of drivers either received a tip lower than 10% of the overall ride fare, or did not receive any tip at all.
The survey states that 1 in 6 Uber drivers has just recently applied as an Uber driver. More than 50% of participants left Uber within their first 12 months.
The estimated average take-home wage before expenses of the 110 Uber drivers surveyed sits at $14.76 per hour.
Drivers stay for an average length of 9 months as a partner before leaving Uber.
The most popular reason for why drivers partner with Uber:
1.) Flexible Hours - 51%
2.) Money and having no boss - both at 19% each.
3.) To meet people - 11%
The most common complaints from Uber drivers:
1.) Not lucrative enough - 26%
2.) Driver relations - 25%
3.) Lack of tipping -17%
4.) No idea on destination - 14%
5.) Poor navigation and one-sided ratings - 9% each.
UBER AND BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS (January 2015)
TYPES OF DRIVERS
1.) New Enthusiasts - 12% of Uber drivers are new drivers that have started driving for UberX regularly. This archetype is the most likely to claim that they are working as an Uber driver for the reason that their other sources of income seem unstable.
2.) Crossovers - 18% of Uber drivers previously drove taxis or UberBlack cars. This archetype has been with Uber for less than 6 months.
3.) The Pros - 18% of Uber drivers are UberBlack drivers and have been in the company for more than 6 months.
4.) Part-timers - 52% of Uber drivers work for Uber because of the flexible hours. 75% of drivers that fall under this archetype have other sources of income.
73% of Uber drivers would rather be independent contractors with time-flexibility but no benefits rather than 9-to-5 employees with full-time benefits.
87% of Uber drivers want to work as their own boss.
65% of Uber drivers changed the number of hours worked per week by more than 25% from one week to the next.
81% of Uber want a more balanced life-to-work ratio.
Nearly half of current Uber drivers previously worked in another for-hire transportation company. They're main reason for transitioning to Uber is because of how they didn't like the idea of keeping up with "Taxi shifts".
Nearly 50% of Uber drivers entered the transportation industry only because of Uber.
71% of Uber drivers claim to have significantly lower income in their previous jobs.
74% of Uber drivers sees their partnership with Uber as a full-time job.
26% of Uber drivers sees their partnership with Uber as just an extra source of income.
TOP REASONS FOR DRIVING FOR UBER
1.) Better Income - 91%
2.) To be own boss - 87%
3.) Flexible time and better work-life balance - 85%
14% of Uber drivers are female.
71% of Uber drivers have dependents living at home.
25% of Uber drivers are over age 50.
19% of Uber drivers are under 30
42% of women state that they work as an Uber driver to fund their family, education or health expenses. Only 29% of men claim the same applies to them.
SCRIBD (January 2015)
A survey by Former President Barrack Obama's chief economist contains the demographics of Uber drivers compared to regular taxi drivers and regular workers.
80% of Uber drivers were employed prior to their partnership with Uber.
8% were unemployed before they become Uber drivers.
7% were students before they become Uber drivers.
3% were retired before they become Uber drivers.
2% were stay-at-home parents.
The majority (40.3%) of Uber drivers are White, Non-Hispanics. Just 19.5% are Black, 17.7% are Hispanic and 16.5% are Asian.
SOURCE OF INCOME
24% of Uber drivers claim that their partnership is their only source of income.
16% of Uber drivers claim their partnership is their largest but not only source of income.
33% of Uber drivers were not actively looking for a job prior to their partnership, 66% claimed they were.
Among the 66% that were actively looking, 50% were looking for less than 2 months, 25% were looking for 3 to 6 months and 24% were actively looking for more than 6 months.
20% of Uber drivers came from black car, limo or other for-hire car services.
15% of Uber drivers came from delivery services.
14% of Uber drivers came from the regular taxi industry.
10% of Uber drivers came from a different ride-sharing platform.
TOP INDUSTRIES OF UBER DRIVERS PRIOR TO PARTNERSHIP
1.) Transportation - 19%
2.) Business - 10%
3.) Hospitality - 9%
4.) Manufacturing - 8%
5.) Healthcare - 7%
TOP JOB CATEGORY PRIOR TO PARTNERSHIP
1.) White-collar professional or managerial - 30%
2.) Service sector - 26%
3.) Other - 22%
4.) Blue-collar worker - 14%
5.) White-collar administrative or clerical - 8%
71% of Uber drivers claim that their income is significantly better than before.
17% claim that there was no change.
11% claim that their income has worsened.
Uber drivers who drove taxis prior to their partnership now earn an average of $23 per hour.
Uber drivers who drove black cars prior to their partnership now earn an average of $27 per hour.
61% of Uber drivers claim they feel more financially secure after entering partnership.
28% claim they felt no change in financial security
11% claimed their financial security only got worse.
WHERE UBER DRIVERS SPEND THEIR INCOME
1.) Monthly Bills - 71%
2.) Car Payments - 49%
3.) House Payments - 31%
4.) Treats for self/family - 27%
5.) Expenses for children - 25%
6.) Emergency Savings - 23%
7.) Medical Bills - 20%
8.) Student Loands - 19%
9.) Savings for a bigger purchase - 9%
10.) Savings for retirement - 9%
To wrap it up, most Uber drivers claim to have better status in life after their partnership.
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