So how does it work?
Drivers who have been logging in to Uber frequently in the past six weeks and have completed at least 500 trips can access IPSE’s membership offer.
The benefits drivers will gain from joining IPSE include:
- Sickness and injury cover up to £2,000 – This will be based on an average of the previous three months’ earnings, and if they are unable to work for two weeks or more.
- Jury service cover up to £2,000 – Again, this will be based on the average earnings of the previous three months, for up to ten days.
- Access to free advice and support – This will include advice on paying tax as well as personal finance issues, such as mortgages, pensions and saving for the future.
IPSE has worked hard to offer membership to a growing part of the self-employment industry. And its partnership with Uber is a step towards better reflecting the reality of the industry in the UK today.
Chris Bryce, chief executive of IPSE, said: “IPSE is excited to partner with Uber and the thousands of self-employed drivers who use the app.
“In addition to gaining valuable illness and injury cover, drivers will benefit from being part of the UK’s largest voice dedicated to supporting the self-employed community.
“It is part of IPSE’s mission to represent all self-employed people, and welcoming drivers who use Uber into the fold helps us achieve this.”
Jo Bertram, regional general manager of Uber in the UK, said: “Drivers who make money through Uber tell us they love the freedom of being their own boss and choosing if, when, and where they drive.”
There are more than 40,000 licensed private hire drivers who use the Uber app in over 25 cities and towns across the UK.
Last year, drivers using the app made an average of £15 an hour after the Uber service fee.
ORB International surveyed a thousand Uber drivers across the UK, looking at their attitudes towards the app.
They found that nearly nine out of ten drivers were either “very” or “somewhat satisfied” driving with Uber, with 87 per cent saying that they would recommend the service to another.
The survey also revealed that a ratio of roughly five to one of drivers stated that they preferred being able to choose their own hours over having perks such as holiday pay, which come with being employed.
Around 94 per cent of drivers said they joined Uber so they could be their own boss and choose the hours they worked.
One in two drivers who use Uber also revealed that since using the app, their overall income has increased, while 56 per cent claimed their work/life balance had significantly improved.
Although the flexibility of using Uber attracted many drivers – many of whom had previously worked at a taxi or mini cab firm (35 per cent) – the company has also been criticised for the way it was run and how it treated its drivers.
Ms Bertram added: “Drivers have also told us they want more security if something unexpected happens. We want Uber to be the best possible experience so we’ll carry on listening to drivers about further improvements we can make to our app.”