Mexico’s Gig Workers May Get Social Security From Uber and Delivery Apps


Ride-hailing drivers in Mexico are potentially getting access to social security benefits if they drive for either Uber, DiDi Global or Rappi, a first for gig economy workers in the country.

In a joint release received by PYMNTS, the proposed social security benefits would cover drivers and couriers working over 40 hours a week on average while driving for one or more platforms. The statement was also co-signed by worker-rights activist groups.

Uber, DiDi and Rappi did not immediately respond to PYMNTS’ request for the joint statement or other comments.

“It’s time to take the next step and find a point of consensus … and start improving conditions,” said Tonatiuh Anzures, Didi Global’s director of government affairs in Mexico, in a Reuters interview.

While there were few details given on how companies will pay for social security costs in the statement, the proposal is a huge step forward for gig workers’ rights internationally.

Gig workers are a growing necessity for our modern world. A recent PYMNTS interview found that most gig economy platforms are hoping to see double-digit growth in the number of gig workers they will have to pay in 2023.

“We’ll see more participation, even from formerly non-gig economy workers who have yet to try it, stepping into the gig economy next year,” said Routable Co-founder and CEO Omri Mor.

So, with the potential for more benefits offered to gig workers in Mexico, drivers for ride-hailing apps in the country could increase, playing into the trend PYMNTS research has found is on the rise.