The company claims to give 1,000 women flexible work opportunities
Uber Hong Kong is celebrating the International Women’s Day theme of Be Bold For Change.
As reported by Asia Times, the ride-hailing app company has a target of employing 2000 female drivers in two years. The company reportedly now has over 1000 women drivers providing the taxi service in Hong Kong, since the app launched in 2014.
“We are celebrating Uber female driver partners in Hong Kong. Uber offers women new, flexible opportunities to earn an income, so that they can focus on other areas of their lives, such as education and family,” said Kenneth She Chun-chi, general manager of Uber Hong Kong.
Chun-chi added that Uber’s global ambition is to have over than one million female drivers by 2020.
Uber offers flexible hours, which opens opportunities for more women to work part time. Asia Times mentions Casey Lee, a mother of two and part-time teacher who has been working for Uber since October. She drives most weekday mornings , teaches in the afternoon and looks after her children at night time.
Furthermore, her husband drives for Uber at night using the same car. Lee has made about HK$5,000 (US$644) per month, or aboutHK$100 per hour.
The news source also mentioned another woman in her early 30s nicknamed “No 1” who said working for Uber part time helped her finance her home mortgage. From 11pm to 3am “No 1” drives for Uber but also runs an online sports shoe business.