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Where has all the work gone?

Discussion in 'Melbourne | Uber Drivers Forum' started by Bases Loaded, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Bases Loaded

    Bases Loaded Member

    Wherever you drive, whatever time of day, try getting away from hoards of 12+ little ants.

    I get the feeling, after the last 7 days, that we have finally hit the tipping point of more drivers than available work.

    I've gone from being able to earn $300 in 9-10 hours to $180 all of the sudden.

    Stay tuned after the F1, I reckon there'll be little to no work unless you sit outisde the MCG during footy matches.

    Get out of Uber now.
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  2. coolair

    coolair Member

    I'm starting to think it may be the new operators having an impact and grabbing too many jobs. It was absolutely dead today.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2018
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  3. Bases Loaded

    Bases Loaded Member

    I got lucky with a 2.5x surge during the train debacle in Fairfield, but that's an anomaly and prior to that I had 7 hours for $140.

    Even tried the "early" shift today starting at 5AM and didn't end up in any better position than had I started at 8:30 like normal.

    It's over.
  4. Bases Loaded

    Bases Loaded Member

    I'm still out, in the airport queue. I have to pay rent on Wednesday, and at this rate, I won't be able to
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  5. coolair

    coolair Member

    Take it easy mate. Everything will be just fine. Not a great start to the day but im sure it'll get better.
  6. Jason

    Jason Member

    Interesting reading. I'm a Perth driver. 12 months ago, a normal day was to make $300 and with effective ease.
    The all of a sudden, ants everywhere.
    Now, more KMs a day, more hours a day. $180.
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  7. Jason

    Jason Member

    45hrs this week. Just over 1k. Then take off the costs.
  8. Traveller

    Traveller New Member

    I too am a Perth driver and confess to not working full time and therefore, cannot fully appreciate the concern about lack of income. I believe that one of the problems in EVERY city is this queuing at the airport system. While you are sitting in a queue waiting you are not earning! If you all refused to queue and went about seeking opportunities elsewhere, then you would be earning and as the jobs for the airports came up, drivers would be directed for the pick ups. It all worked just fine before the queuing system was introduced and now you queue, wait for hours (?) for no money and then the airport also gets a fee for your services.
  9. Bases Loaded

    Bases Loaded Member

    It's a joke. My earnings can fluctuate between $180 for 10 hours and $370

    How do you plan a life around such insecurity?!
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  10. Jason

    Jason Member

    You don't, we have been lied to right from the start. Remember when it was advised, can make $35 a hour, now it's advertised as a good part time gig. But honestly if your doing part time, your only making less than $4 a hour.
    Then, if you want to look at global situation, most rideshare drivers around the world are really after tips now. UN Australian
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  11. eXploitation

    eXploitation Active Member

    Working for tips, where have i read that before? Tips are a thing here too, just on the low down and symbolic -at that- in hospitality.

    In the usa the folks actually rely on it as a major part of their income as hourly rates are so low.

    Around 20% of bill is good and in nyc you need to add 5% to that. It is taken very seriously mind you. Not exactly optional for the punter.
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  12. Uberian2701

    Uberian2701 New Member

    Don't forget it's school holidays here in Melb. This year Easter and school holidays coincided. As well, I reckon many have gone to Qld for the Comm Games, or other places. Many registered drivers who don't otherwise drive except on public holidays or when they take holidays, are driving and flooding the roads. Wait until holidays are over and we'll see if there is any change.
  13. Bases Loaded

    Bases Loaded Member

    Yeah, well, that doesn't pay my rent unfortunately, so I'm pretty much done. Looks like I have a new job starting next week.

    Also, many passengers are beginning to talk up Taxify, so I suspect a lot of work is now going there, too.
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  14. Uberian2701

    Uberian2701 New Member

    Good luck for the new job mate. I can hear your frustration in your words. At least you can drive part time if you need to.
  15. eXploitation

    eXploitation Active Member

    should easily be able to balance revenue with gst inputs and depreciations this way
    Effectively pay stuff all gst and tax
    No need for overseas account

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