Amazon is among one of the largest employers looking to bring on a huge number of gig workers having announced last month that it will hire 100,000 workers in the U.S. and boost pay for its U.S., Canadian and European workers. Postmates, Grubhub, Uber Eats and DoorDash are among the delivery food service companies also hungry for additional workers to serve people stuck in their homes.
Before the coronavirus crisis started to hit the US, on-demand companies were grappling with how to provide more benefits for workers. Now, as more people adjust to staying indoors to reduce the spread of coronavirus, demand for delivery services has started to rise and with it, opportunities for gig work.
“This crisis is really a breakout moment for gig companies and for delivery companies in particular,” says Julia Pollak, an economist at ZipRecruiter. “That shift to e-commerce, which was already happening very rapidly, is just going to accelerate.”