Drivers that deliver food for Deliveroo are concerned that their new contracts will result in them being paid less than £7.20 an hour, which is lower than the minimum wage for people over the age of 25.
The BBC reports that Deliveroo drivers used to be paid £7 per hour with £1 commission for each delivery. Under the new contract, they will receive £4.25 per delivery but no hourly wage.
An anonymous Deliveroo driver told the BBC: “We were told that we would earn more money. It’s not true, we’re making less. We’re really struggling.”
Another anonymous driver said they average 10 jobs over a 10 hour day, which equates to £42.50 for 10 hours under the new contract. “It’s £4.25 an hour and that’s just crazy,” they said.
Deliveroo reportedly claims the rates are a trial, adding that drivers make two drops an hour on average, earning £8.50 an hour. Some “efficient drivers” can earn more than £12 an hour, according to Deliveroo.
Deliveroo has raised $200 million (£158 million) from investors since it was founded by Will Shu and Greg Orlowski in 2012.