Uber Hong Kong is championing the International Women’s Day theme of Be Bold For Change, as the ride-hailing app says it will target a roster of 2,000 female drivers in two years.
The company also said it now had more than 1,000 women drivers since it started providing services in the city in June 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.
The Hong Kong target is part of Uber’s global ambition to have more than one million female drivers by 2020, he said.
The flexibility of hours, especially for part-timers, has opened up new opportunities for women to work.
One example is Casey Lee, a mother of two and a part-time teacher. Since October, she started working for Uber most weekday mornings, teaching in the afternoon and taking care of her two kids at night.
At night, her husband also used the same car moonlighting at Uber. Lee said she made about HK$5,000 (US$644) per month, or roughly about HK$100 per hour.
Another woman in her early 30s nicknamed “No 1” said she made a similar amount of money by working from 11pm to 3am, but she also had an online sports shoe business.
She said taking an extra job helped finance her home mortgage, which had a monthly payment of HK$17,000.