Uber is reportedly growing a short-term staffing enterprise to supply 1099 unbiased contractors for occasions and company features, the Monetary Instances first reported. Dubbed Uber Works, the service would offer waiters, safety guards and different short-term staffers to enterprise companions, a supply near Uber instructed TechCrunch.
Uber has been engaged on the venture for a number of months in Chicago, after first trialing the venture in Los Angeles. Uber already has an enormous community of drivers — all of whom have turn out to be familiarized with the method of submitting taxes as an unbiased contractor — who could also be in search of further work. Nevertheless, Uber’s present pilot program doesn’t embody lively Uber drivers.
Uber Works falls beneath the purview of Rachel Holt, who stepped into the position of head of recent modalities in June. Holt, who has been with Uber since 2011, is tasked with ramping up and onboarding new mobility companies like bikes, scooters, automotive leases and public transit integration.
In a job posting for a basic supervisor to steer particular initiatives in Chicago, Uber says, “our business is based around providing a flexible, on-demand supply for our business partners – it’s imperative that we have intuitive and responsive account management to support for our business partners in addressing their needs promptly.”
Uber declined to remark for this story. However because the firm gears up for its preliminary public providing subsequent yr, Uber is clearly attempting to diversify its enterprise. Within the final yr, Uber double-downed on multi-modal transportation with the acquisition and deployment of JUMP bike-share. And within the final month, Uber deployed electrical scooters in Santa Monica, Calif.
Whether or not this effort launches stays to be seen, however it’s actually one thing Uber is exploring and positioning as a business-to-business service. In an identical vein, Uber can also be working to create a pipeline to rent a few of its driver companions.