It'll Probably Always be a Man Delivering Your Stuff

By Gary Cutlack on at

A survey of people who work in the vague world of the "gig economy" has found the work is massively tilted toward being a MAN JOB in some areas, with delivery drivers and cyclists most likely to be men -- and women sticking to selling services and products from home.

Uber, unsurprisingly, is a huge bastion of maleness, with around 95 per cent of its drivers found to be men, according to numbers trawled up by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Deliveroo, with its reliance on the equally manly world of the alpha cyclist, is massively manly too, with 94 per cent of its staff riding bikes with the man type of crossbar, and both contributing to the 69 per cent cross-industry maleness level in gig economy workers.

Women do work in the casual, on-demand, freelance-ish world, but tend to stick to in-home work like temping, buying and selling. This research has been triggered by a government request, as the pen-pushers are quite keen to find exciting new ways of making sure people who ride bikes and drive cars for a few hours a day, and their employers or contractors or whatever they're called, are made to declare and pay all their taxes. [The Times]

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