Apps have turned restaurant work into a gig-economy hustle

Source: Richard Morgan, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Planned-ahead gigs are less attractive to cooks because they offer minimal payouts. And day jobs are difficult because the gigs demand cooks be on-call at all times. Enter Pared, an app that restaurants use for on-demand hires. Pared is not Uber for kitchens; it is Uber surge pricing for kitchens. It’s a system that, whatever Pared’s intent, seems to prioritize desperation and urgency for both management and labor. And it’s gaining popularity—now operating in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, with more expansions planned.

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