Working for Uber Eats as a delivery driver/rider is great if you’re looking for flexible work. Not only are you able to work whenever you want, but you can also choose how long you want to work. As an additional bonus, you can take time off whenever you want. But what about the salary?

Read on to find out the average Uber Eats salary in the UK and how you can make more money as an Uber Eats delivery driver/rider.

How much does Uber Eats pay in the UK?

First, you’ll need to understand how Uber Eats payment works. As an Uber Eats driver, the amount you earn will be based on:

  • Pick-up fee: Every time you go to a new restaurant.
  • Drop-off fee: For each separate order you deliver.
  • Per-mile rate: For the total distance from pick-up to drop-off.

On average, however, the hourly rate for Uber Eats drivers/riders in the UK can range between £7-£14.

For a seven-hour working day at £7 per hour, you should make, on average, £13,000 per annum. A seven-hour working day at £14 per hour, on the other hand, equates to £24,000 per annum.

The reason the amount you earn from Uber Eats can vary so dramatically is that there are a variety of factors that impact how much you earn. This includes location, time of day (eg. peak times, rush hour), and areas in high demand, as we’ll explain in detail below.

How to make more money as an Uber Eats delivery rider

Now that you have a good understanding of how your pay is calculated, there are ways to increase how much money you earn with these top tips:

Plan around meal times and commutes

Signing into the Uber Eats app around meal times and rush hour can increase your chances of getting more delivery requests, therefore, more money.

Use the Boost feature

Uber Eats offers a ‘Boost feature’ designed to help couriers better plan their week and maximise payments. With Boost, multipliers can be applied to your fare in specific areas at peak times.

In the Uber Eats app, cities are split into different zones via a Live Map. Here, you’ll be able to see the current boosts for each zone to help you position yourself in the best places at the best times. You can also see the Boost applied to your fares in real-time.

The busier the pickup area, the higher the Boost rate will be. This means that couriers using the Boost feature will make more money per delivery when demand is expected to be higher.

To help you plan ahead, you can check what Boosts are coming up by checking the Promotions Hub in your app.

Secure batched orders

A batched order allows you to deliver two orders from the same restaurant at the same time.

While this type of order allows you to make more money, you’ll notice some differences in the payment details for these deliveries.

For example, the batch discount is equal to one pickup fee. So, two orders together only require one pickup which will appear as a batch discount on the payment statement.

Adding to this, the mileage fee you receive for the second delivery will be paid for the distance between the first and second drop-off locations.

Note that while picking up multiple orders allows you to make more money, you also run the risk of mixing them up. To avoid this, make sure you let the restaurant staff know that you’re picking up a batch order. You should also double-check that the order is correct by confirming with the customer when dropping it off.

What about Uber Eats tips?

Getting tips from customers is another way to receive more income. Uber Eats customers can give tips over the Uber Eats app, making it easier to receive money in an increasingly cashless society.

Tips can be added by the customer up to 7 days after the delivery and you can track your tips in the Earnings tab of the Uber Eats app.

You can cash out your tips immediately after you’ve received them, and even better, Uber Eats doesn’t apply a service fee for tips so you’ll receive 100% of any received. 

When does Uber Eats pay?

As well as offering a flexible working model, there are different ways you can receive payment from Uber Eats.

You can choose to get paid weekly, with direct deposits to your bank account. Note that each weekly pay period begins on Monday at 4 am and ends on the following Monday at 3:59 am.

If you don’t want to wait a week, you can choose to receive your earnings within two business days with the Two-Day Cashout feature, previously known as Flex Pay. You can only choose this feature if you cash out in the app before 2 pm, Monday to Friday. Note that you can cash out once per day with this option.

There’s also the Uber Eats Instant Cashout feature which also allows you to cash out whenever you want so you don’t have to wait a week, or even two days to receive your earnings. You can cash out of the app anytime, up to five times a day.

Outgoing costs to consider

When determining wages, it’s important to consider any additional costs you’ll face, especially if you’re going to be using your own motorbike, scooter, or moped for delivery purposes.

A couple of things to consider is the cost of fuel and insurance because you’ll need a specialist delivery rider insurance policy in place to ensure that you’re appropriately covered.

General wear and tear and mileage are important to consider too when you’re using your own vehicle because when you eventually choose to sell your vehicle, these factors will impact your vehicle’s overall value.

Do Uber Eats drivers and riders receive a fair wage?

In Feb 2021, following a five-year legal battle, the UK Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers were entitled to workers’ rights. This means that Uber drivers are entitled to holiday pay, a pension scheme, and will receive no less than the UK minimum wage.

These changes however are not applicable to Uber Eats food delivery drivers and riders, who are still classified as self-employed.

Some riders argue that they’ve had to wait around for hours until an order comes in, meaning that they’ve had to spend those hours unpaid. If delivery drivers and riders were protected by workers’ rights, they would still receive payment for those hours.

While there’s been no indication that Uber will extend the ruling to Uber Eats riders, they have been urged to fight for their rights since the initial ruling in order to receive the same workers’ rights.

While Uber Eats can be appealing to those looking for a flexible working model, the company may still have a way to go in order to keep the entirety of its workforce happy.

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