“Business has been really good tonight,” he says, emerging from a restaurant with a new order. “People are staying in, and are maybe in the mood to treat themselves. You’re also more likely to be tipped because they see you turning up at their door soaking wet and they feel sorry for you.” His mood is enhanced yet further because this particular order is for an apartment building near the Google HQ and he can cycle there in “six minutes flat”. The more orders he gets on a typical three to four-hour shift, the more money he makes. Later that night, when his shift is over, he’s not quite as upbeat. “You caught me on a good night,” he says over the phone. “There are times where you’d be twiddling your thumbs – orders would be slow to come in to you and you’d be looking at all this time that you were making yourself available to Deliveroo and you weren’t being paid. “We used to get paid a flat rate per hour, plus a euro for each delivery we did, but then they changed it to a situation where you only got paid per delivery. To be honest, I… Read full this story
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