Deliveroo announced on Tuesday that it has launched a “cash out” feature for its delivery riders in Australia, who currently get paid fortnightly.
The food delivery firm said the feature will allow riders to opt to receive their earnings the next day at the tap of a button, giving them greater control of their finances.
Levi Aron, country leader for Deliveroo Australia, said in a statement riders can now choose to access their earnings on-demand so they have the freedom to spend it whatever they need, when they need it.
“This is great news for riders who need instant access to their earnings, for whatever reason – be it for an unexpected bill or to take a spontaneous holiday,” Aron said.
Part of the so-called gig economy, Deliveroo has been criticised in the past for failing to give its riders sick pay, annual leave, and other benefits that most workers get as standard.
Founded in London in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski, Deliveroo is available in 13 cities across Australia and has a network of over 6,500 riders in the country. Deliveroo said that Australian couriers choose to work 15 hours a week on average, earning over $22.00 per hour in the process.
Rider numbers in Australia have doubled in the last year alone as the food delivery app has expanded across the country.
Some 80,000 restaurants worldwide sell their food via the Deliveroo app, which is delivered to people’s homes and offices by around 50,000 riders.
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