Federal employees are being recruited on social media to work for gig economic system firms like Lyft, DoorDash, and Postmates throughout the federal government shutdown, usually by individuals who stand to receives a commission for referring new employees to those platforms.
On Twitter, accounts making an attempt to get new drivers to join Lyft, Uber, and Postmates used the #GovernmentShutdown hashtag to advertise the driving force sign-up web page, with their referral hyperlinks.
Instacart stated on Twitter it might cross alongside a suggestion to recruit authorities workers who’re out of labor. (The tweet was later deleted and the corporate declined to remark for this story.)
In the meantime, on LinkedIn, a self-described DoorDash “Dasher Acquisition Supervisor,” whose account is now not energetic, despatched a message to a federal worker who’s furloughed, encouraging them to “Earn what you need, whenever you need” by signing as much as drive for DoorDash. DoorDash didn’t reply to inquiries from BuzzFeed Information.
In an emailed assertion, a spokesperson for Lyft stated the corporate would “encourage these in want of additional revenue to contemplate driving with Lyft,” which is “a dependable technique to make ends meet and can assist these employees fill within the hole throughout this unsure time.” Uber declined to remark.
On Friday, authorities workers affected by the shutdown missed their first paycheck because the shutdown began three weeks in the past — what by Saturday would be the longest authorities shutdown in US historical past.
Firms like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates, and Instacart provide these employees the chance to earn cash as unbiased contractors with out having to get a brand new job. Authorities workers are allowed to take outdoors work through the shutdown, so long as it doesn’t violate the federal government ethics guidelines that usually apply to their employment.
Already within the Washington, DC, space — the place 71% of IT employees stated they’d leap ship from their present jobs to work for Amazon — authorities workers have reportedly been turning to Uber and Lyft. And Postmates has additionally seen a “important spike” in purposes for supply roles since Dec. 20, an organization spokesperson stated in an e mail to BuzzFeed Information, though they declined to offer particulars in regards to the enhance.