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Takeaway drivers’ real-terms pay per order ‘dropped by up to 13% last year,’ data reveals

TAKEAWAY couriers suffered massive take-home pay cuts of up to 13 per cent last year, according to shocking new data.

The figures, supplied by gig economy app Rodeo today, show that most delivery drivers saw their wages per order drop by an average of 2.5 per cent in 2022 — before a 40-year high of double-digit inflation is factored in. 

Salaries at Deliveroo, Uber Eats, Stuart and Just Eat slumped by between 0.3 and 6.1 per cent, but on a real-terms basis earnings fell by between 8.4 and 13.8 per cent.

The biggest decreases were seen at Just Eat with 6.1 per cent and Stuart, at 2.4 per cent, but both firms still paid more per order than Deliveroo or Uber Eats, said Rodeo, which connects workers across the sector and helps them to compare wages from different employers. 

The IWGB union, which represents gig economy workers, warned its members are being “denied even the most basic rights and amongst the hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis because they are forced to cover soaring costs at work as well as at home.”

Union president Alex Marshall, a former courier, said: “This data simply confirms what our members have long been saying.

“The more desperate people become, the harder these corporations will drive down pay if they think they can get away with it.

“That's why worker-led organising is so vital and why so many couriers are joining the IWGB — we are challenging this exploitation. It’s a fight for survival.”

Deliveroo claimed the numbers were “incorrect and misleading, based on unverified data,” Uber Eats said it offers a “flexible way for thousands of couriers to earn by app” and a Just Eat spokesperson insisted it provides a “highly competitive base rate to self-employed couriers.”


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