Flexible working, hours to suit and access to your earnings almost immediately. Working for Uber could be just the ticket. Sounds too good to be true? Let’s get into the driving seat and find out more about the global company that employs around 3 million drivers worldwide. More importantly, let’s find out how much UK Uber drivers make in 2021.
How much could I make?
Uber drivers make roughly around £15 per hour, working out at around £565 working 34-45 hours a week. Becoming an Uber driver can provide a flexible working income, providing you meet certain requirements. But you can accelerate your earnings with tips and driving at peak times.
Sounds good, hop in the back seat and tell me more?
Driving for Uber offers total working flexibility – once you have passed the criteria and signed up, you only work when want to. Drivers have access to an App which allows them to apply for jobs when they want to. When you don’t want to be working – you log out of the App. Of course Uber doesn’t just offer the classic taxi service, there are food delivery jobs and bike courier jobs too.
Is the hourly rate fairly standard?
The money you can make does depend on a few factors – such as location, peak times and how often you drive. There are also promotions which can increase your earnings. The Uber App allows drivers to access information for when demand is high in a certain area helping you to increase your hourly wage.
Are there any costs involved?
Yes, Uber take around 25% of your costs as part of their service fees, which is said to help develop their App and provide customer support. You will also be liable for sorting out your own vehicle (which must meet certain standards with Uber) and your private hire insurance through your council. You will also need to be aware of running costs and fuel, which can make a dent in your wages.
As an Uber drive, will I be employed or self-employed?
Uber has moved on from it’s former ‘no strings gig economy’ and now employs all drivers, offering the minimum wage and perks such as holiday and sick pay. The Uber Driver hourly wage of around £15 is higher than the living wage.
Does the rate differ around the country?
Kind of – each city will offer a minimum amount that each Uber Driver will make for any trip when they are driving about. So an Uber Driver in London may earn a different amount per hour to an Uber Driver in Manchester.
What do I need to get started?
It’s a fairly straightforward process – potential Uber Drivers can sign up online (uber,com). You can upload your documents online. You’ll need to be over 21 and have a clean driving licence. Some cities require a minimum number of years driving experience. You may be invited to take part in an Uber Ignition assessment which may, depending on the city, involve a map-reading skills test and also some health checks including a sight test, along with a DBS check. Once you have met the criteria, you will be notified and can then start driving for Uber straight away.
OK, so if I sign up, how and when will I get paid?
Because the Uber business is all online, payments will be paid direct to you. Uber will deduct their service fee, and then all other earnings owed to you will be transferred to your online account. You can then transfer you money when you want – weekly, monthly, what ever suits you. It’s designed be totally flexible.
So could becoming an Uber driver be for you – here’s a quick overview of some FAQ. Let’s hope you don’t make a U-turn on your decision.
Toot! Toot! Here’s some FAQ’s
What percentage does Uber take?
Uber take around 25% of your earnings, which go towards continued development of the App and customer support.
How are Uber Drivers Paid?
As most transactions are online, your earnings will be transferred to your online account. Uber does take cash in some cities. Uber drivers can withdraw their earnings whenever they want.
How much do Uber drivers make in London?
The rate averages around £15 per hour, but drivers need to be aware of other costs involved such as insurance, tax, car maintenance. This rate can fluctuate dependent on demand, peak times and tips.
How many hours do Uber drivers drive?
A large proportion of Uber drives are part-time. You work the hours that suit you anything from 1 – 45 hours a week. But the maximum hours you can drive is up to 12 hours at any time, and then you must have a six hour break. The Uber App has a fancy feature which notifies you when you reach your limit and when you need to take a break.