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NYC More Than Doubles Food Delivery Gig-Workers Minimum Wage

 |  June 13, 2023

As aggregators, consumers, gig drivers and restaurants alike struggle to make the economics of on-demand food delivery work out in their favor, New York City is throwing its weight behind drivers.

Per an announcement from NYC Mayor Eric Adams and from New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga on Sunday (June 11), the city will raise the minimum hourly wage for “app-based restaurant delivery workers” to $17.96 beginning July 12 and raise it again to $19.96 on April 1, 2025. According to the mayor’s office, these workers currently average $7.09 an hour in the city.

“Our delivery workers have consistently delivered for us — now, we are delivering for them,” Adams said in a statement. “This new minimum pay rate, up by almost $13/hour, will guarantee these workers and their families can earn a living, access greater economic stability, and help keep our city’s legendary restaurant industry thriving.”

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Unsurprisingly, restaurant aggregators are not happy with the decision. Take, for instance, DoorDash, the United States’ leading restaurant delivery app.

“The sad truth is that both the City Council and DCWP have chosen to ignore the unintended consequences this policy will cause, and how it will undermine the very delivery workers it seeks to support,” the aggregator stated in a blog post. “As we repeatedly made clear, to meet these new demands of such an extreme minimum pay rate, platforms like ours will have to increase costs on each order or reduce services in New York City.”

The move comes amid frequent ongoing dissatisfaction on all parties’ parts with the economics of third-party restaurant delivery, even as consumers continue to demand convenience and as many restaurants continue to be unable to afford to build out their own delivery networks.