SINGAPORE (July 29): In a Telegram group chat for Deliveroo riders, a member took a screenshot of his earnings generated through the food delivery platform. The screenshot shows that he makes more than $4,000 a month, similar to what many executives would earn. Singapore’s monthly median wage is about $4400, according to data released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Nov 29, 2018. But, the trade-off for the somewhat lucrative gig is long hours on the road almost daily.

The rider’s account is not an exception among other gig economy workers —loosely described as individuals who work on a short-term or freelance basis instead of being permanently employed. The ridehailing and online food delivery service sectors form a big part of the gig economy. Other private-hire drivers and food delivery service riders share similar experiences of long hours, but they still feel that they do earn more money than full-time jobs.

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