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Uber’s pay formula for drivers favours speed, which benefits men


Of the company’s more than 3 million active drivers worldwide, the driver base skews largely towards men, who have logged more time under their belts, giving them a better sense of where and when to drive for the most lucrative route. — AFP

Of the company’s more than 3 million active drivers worldwide, the driver base skews largely towards men, who have logged more time under their belts, giving them a better sense of where and when to drive for the most lucrative route. — AFP

Uber has proven to be a flexible workplace for drivers who can set their own hours and routes, a system that some speculated would favour women. Instead, it seems the formula for compensating these drivers favours speed, which tends to be clocked by more lead-footed men, a study shows. 

The result is that male Uber drivers earn 7% more than females, according to an analysts of more than one million drivers for the startup. Other factors including experience and preferences over when and where to work, also contribute to the discrepancy, according to the study. 

   

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