How much do Uber drivers make in New Zealand (NZ)?
Note: Figures mentioned, relate to before the border closures etc. Drivers have been reporting a big reduction in earnings recently which will hopefully improve soon.
It is quite difficult to work out how much Uber drivers make in NZ as there is variability between cities and different drivers. Driver earnings also seem to have increased since the arrival of rival company Ola. However, after expenses and GST (if applicable) most drivers will not be earning much more than minimum wage.
This is based on average earnings (after the Uber fee) of $25-$35 per hour. During special events and busy periods drivers sometimes make substantially more than that. Expenses to come off drivers earnings will be anywhere from approx 25-50% depending on individual circumstances.
There are also the variable factors of major repair bills, illness and inevitable accidents. In addition drivers can be removed from the app at anytime without notice. I personally know of many cases where this has happened based on a dubious rider complaint and the driver has not been given the chance to defend themselves.
There are a lot of full-time drivers, but many people enjoy driving part-time. Driving part-time means you can avoid GST registration and work during busy times and events when earnings can be much better. Driving part-time can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Another factor is that due to drivers self employed status they obviously miss out on holiday pay, public holidays, sick leave, paid rest breaks and minimum wage protections.