Forget about giving tuition or waiting tables. These days, the part-time job of choice is being food delivery riders. It involves plying Singapore’s roads, ferrying food or passengers to their destinations. It’s easy to see why this kind of driver job in Singapore is so popular right now.
Thanks to technology, workers for companies like Deliveroo and Grab can work on an own-time-own-target basis. No need to rush to be at work on time, fret about not getting enough shifts or scramble to re-schedule a missed tuition session. All you need to do is activate the app whenever you feel like working, and off you go.
While more and more car owners now moonlight as Grab drivers, those who have motorcycles, bicycles or just their legs can still earn some spare cash as food delivery riders for the platforms that Singaporeans are becoming increasingly dependent on to feed them.
So what’s it really like becoming a food delivery rider for Deliveroo, Foodpanda, GrabFood or Honestbee?
How much you can earn as a food delivery rider
|Company||Rider pay and incentives|
|Deliveroo||$6 to $10 per delivery (Higher rate in the CBD and during peak hours)|
|Foodpanda||$6.50 to $10 per delivery|
|GrabFood||Base of $5 per trip
$6 to $10.50 with surcharges depending on location and time
Incentives if deliveries are done in high demand zones and timings
How to become a GrabFood rider
GrabFood is the food delivery extension of private-hire Grab, but Grabfood riders don’t use cars, obviously. The usual methods apply: motorcycle, bicycle or PMD (banned on footpaths from 5 Nov 2019). Heck, you can even make deliveries on foot, although you shouldn’t expect to earn much doing that.
Of the four delivery services, GrabFood offers riders the most flexibility. You don’t have to worry about sticking to shifts defined by the company, and can work as little as one hour a day. You also get paid daily instead of bi-monthly or monthly.
GrabFood rider app
The biggest advantage of the GrabFood app’s system is that you don’t need to book shifts ahead of time and can deliver on an ad hoc basis. The downside is that there is no base hourly pay if you fail to get any orders.
GrabFood rider pay
You are paid on a per-delivery basis, the price of the delivery being displayed on the app. The base fee is $5 per trip, and surcharges will be added to that fee depending on the location and time.
Grabfood has Zone Booster Incentives which vary weekly where you can earn up to $3.50 per trip on top of base fares.
All things considered, expect to make about $6 to $10.50 per delivery. You also have the chance to earn incentives if you manage to hit trip targets during certain periods (eg. 70 trips on weekdays within a week, or 45 trips during the weekend) You can also make claims for ERP charges.
How to sign up as a GrabFood rider
Fill in this form on GrabFood’s rider page, complete the online training course, purchase your kit at their office (Sin Ming) and start working.
How to become a Deliveroo rider
Deliveroo is another of Singapore’s more visible delivery services, and operates in a similar manner to FoodPanda. The biggest difference is that new Deliveroo food delivery riders are paid on a purely commission basis. That means that if you make zero deliveries, you make $0.
You can choose to make your deliveries on any mode of transport you wish, which means you’ll have to decide whether you wish to ride a motorbike, bicycle (tiring) or some other form of transport.
Note that e-bikes and electric scooters are banned effective 5 Nov 2019.
Deliveroo rider app
You will be asked to download an app which will display the available shifts. You need to apply for the shift you want, and it will be assigned to you if available. You won’t be able to work if you haven’t been assigned a shift. Popular time slots are very sought after so you need to have fast fingers to chope the slot you want.
Deliveroo rider pay
The amount you can earn per delivery is indicated on the app, usually about $6 to $10 ($3 pick-up fee, $2 delivery fee, $X variable distance fee, plus incentives during peak times).
You can earn $1 to $2 more during peak hours and in certain locations. You are also entitled to tips. Generally, delivering in the CBD earns you more tips than suburban areas.
Motorcycle riders can also make claims for ERP, while petrol costs are incorporated into the fees.
Deliveroo also offers voucher credits that can be applied at any partnering restaurants for referring new riders, so make use of it if you have friends who’re interested.
How to sign up as a Deliveroo rider
Create an account on Deliveroo’s rider site and they will give you more info. The entire application process can be done online, including the purchase of a kit which includes that big square Deliveroo backpack that will be delivered right to your doorstep.
How to become a Foodpanda rider
Foodpanda’s main distinguishing factor is that they can provide free bicycle rentals if you don’t have your own vehicle.
If you don’t want to deliver by motorcycle, you can also use a bicycle or sign up as a walker (applicable in Novena/ Downtown zone only). E-scooters and PMDs are banned on footpaths from 5 Nov 2019.
Foodpanda rider app
You’ll need a smartphone with mobile data and possibly a power bank, as all your orders will be delivered via FoodPanda’s app. You will sign up for shifts according to area.
All your deliveries during a shift will be confined to this area, however be warned that their definition of areas can be quite large so you might still end up riding fairly long distances.
Foodpanda rider pay
As of 30 December 2019, the basic hourly pay rate will be replaced with an order- based service fee which pays riders according to the amount of orders delivered. Motorcycle delivery riders can expect to earn $6.50 to $10 depending on the rider batch assigned to them.
Currently, Foodpanda is offering $800 sign-up bonus, which you will get if you:
- Achieve Quest incentives – $300
- Successfully refer a friend – $500
How to sign up as a Foodpanda rider
Submit an online application via Foodpanda’s rider page. You will need to select an office for your appointment to pick up your kit, which includes that very recognisable pink Foodpanda backpack.
During your appointment at the chosen Foodpanda’s office, you will also go through an on-boarding training.
Have you ever worked as a food delivery rider for Foodpanda, Deliveroo, GrabFood or Honestbee? Share your tips in the comments!
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