Sadly, thanks to our old friend, the recession of 2008, most of us continue to struggle to make ends meet with our salaries (anyone else not remember what a black bank statement looks like?)
But we can all stop panicking now, because we’ve found the ideal way to earn some extra bread alongside the day job.
Amazon is recruiting anyone with a car to deliver its parcels for around £15 an hour.
The scheme, called Amazon Flex, is set to be an Uber-style scheme that will source employees from its customer base.
The idea is that people with a car will be able to download an app that locates them, and then deliver parcels– picking them up from local distribution centres and dropping them off with customers.
To use the app, people will need to select their desired work hours and location, and the app will lead them to the customer’s door. Meanwhile, just like Uber, customers will be able to track the parcel on its journey.
The scheme is intended to provide customers with a one hour delivery slot – much like the existing paid-for Prime Now service.
Amazon is calling its new employees ‘freelance drivers’, and citing it as a “great opportunity to be your own boss.”
An advert on Craigslist reads:
“Earn £13-£15 per hour including tips delivering packages with Amazon.
“All you need is a vehicle, an Android phone, and some free time.
“This is a great opportunity to be your own boss: deliver when you want and make some extra cash.”
Amazon has already said it can’t guarantee wages of £13-£15 per hour. Its advert states: “the actual time taken per delivery may vary (because it could, occasionally, take less time or a little more time than expected) so the earnings per hour may vary.“
It’s the first scheme of its kind for a delivery company, and a nod to society’s move towards more flexible working styles. However, there is concern surrounding this style of working, with Uber currently contesting legal action over its drivers’ employment rights – many of whom considering themselves employed by the taxi company.
Amazon Flex is being piloted in Birmingham this month and is expected to be rolled out across the country soon.