Need Extra Earnings? Instacart Is Looking To Hire 300,000 More Shoppers
The stay-at-home orders that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic have consumers rushing to stock their kitchens and fill their pantries with plenty — but without ever leaving home. To meet the growing demand for food, household goods, and personal items, app companies are looking to hire large numbers of workers. Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta announced that the company is planning to hire 300,000 workers to walk the aisles and make purchases in grocery stores across the nation on behalf of its customers. “As more people look for immediate, flexible earnings opportunities during this time, we hope that Instacart can be an additional source of income,” Mehta said.
Instacart says it’s looking to hire full-service shoppers tasked with shopping for items in-store and then delivering them. Instacart does not provide a guaranteed hourly rate; pay fluctuates per order and is largely reliant on tips, which workers keep 100%. Shoppers are independent contractors, (gig workers). The grocery-delivery app operates in approximately 5,500 North American cities, and full-service gigs are available in all 50 states.
Instacart is one of several major companies currently hiring en masse. Another grocery store delivery service, Shipt, also plans to hire thousands of shoppers.
Applications can be accessed on Instacart’s website and on iOS and Android versions of the app. To qualify as an Instacart shopper, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have:
• Eligibility to work in the United States
• Consistent access to an insured vehicle
• A reliable smartphone (iPhone 5 or Android 4.4, or newer)
• The ability to lift 50 pounds
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Instacart has announced temporary measures to protect its workforce, including 14 days of paid sick leave if an employee or independent contractor is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional, and/or is instructed to self-isolate. To be eligible for sick leave, the worker must have been employed for at least 30 days.