Food couriers can earn up to 800,000 forints – Even a TV presenter joined

English2020. okt. 22.Növekedés.hu

The average hourly wage has been around two thousand forints in recent months, but there are couriers who could make up to nearly three thousand forints an hour in the previous month, our paper was told by NetPincér.

Many people in Hungary lost their jobs because of the crisis. However, some of these jobless people were taken on in other sectors, such as retail or courier services. At NetPincér, the number of courier partners increased by more than one thousand in April and May.

For many of them, food delivery served as a lifeline at the time, and many are still working for us today, and the recruitment of new contractual courier partners is going on at the moment,

Debóra Blaumann, Chief Marketing Officer of NetPincér told növekedés.hu.

She added that the company had a great variety of courier partners also before the pandemic, as the job is really flexible.

For some couriers this is their main income, but for many others it is a second job: there are actors, musicians, event organizers, photographers among them, the variety is almost unlimited: from waiter to TV presenter, to sales director to teacher: all these professions are present.

The pay is always calculated on the basis of a complex fee structure. The average hourly wage has been around two thousand forints in recent months, but there are also couriers who could make nearly three thousand forints last month thanks to their performance.

If we look at it on a monthly basis, there were several courier partners who earned over 600 thousand forints last month, and one person also managed to make 800 thousand forints.

These amounts are without bonuses and tips.

As far as tips are concerned, the company can only make a rough estimate; while a bonus is mainly given to the so-called courier captains.

Several couriers belong to one captain, who they can turn to with their daily issues, problems or questions, and who supports them and also passes on these issues to the company management.

NetPincér does not have any regulations regarding tips, as whether the courier partners are given a tip or not depends entirely on the customers, but they are pleased when customers think of it, too. What they can do is provide the tools at their disposal to make tipping as easy as possible. The launch of a new platform in August brought a change, and it has been very popular from the beginning. Their experience shows that on average, customers give a courier a little more than 210 forints after each order, but it also occurred that the delivery person was given two thousand forints as a tip,

Debóra Blaumann explained.

Ms Blaumann also said that the company had already been growing continuously before the epidemic, and the expansion continued even after the lockdown was lifted. The second wave did not cause any substantial change in this, as they do not experience a significant difference between order numbers in recent months and today.

Should couriers have an identification number?

As the number of food couriers is constantly growing in the streets of Budapest, and at the same time more and more accidents are caused by them, the Municipality of District 5 proposed that all bicycle and scooter couriers in the capital should wear a unique identification number.

About this Debóra Blaumann said that courier partners of NetPincér are as if they were the company's ambassadors, and so it is important for the company how they behave day by day, with passers-by in the street, or with customers and partner restaurants.

They all have to work according to a detailed code of service, and compliance with the Traffic Code is an important part of this. If, at any time, there is a suspicion of an offence being committed by a NetPincér GO courier, which fortunately does not happen very often, the company is always ready to help the authorities.

They have been considering the introduction of an identification number, too, but they have not found a legal possibility for that

mostly because the strict regulations regarding personal data protection require a well-defined legal basis and strong requirements of proportionality for any personal identification practice.