How he earns 3x average Aussie wage

Monday 22 January 2018
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The Shaker

Airtasker’s top member has earned almost three times the Australian average salary in 2017. 

Diz Jangra, a painter in Melbourne, earned $171,000 through work found on Airtasker completing 172 tasks and earning roughly $1000 per job. 

The latest ABS data on earnings places Australia’s average annual salary at $61,308 per year or $1,179 per week. 

The findings cap off a huge year of growth for Airtasker. The platform now boasts over 1.8 million members, up from 950,000 in January last year. Also, Airtasker is now creating over 1.4 million tasks -- valued at over $240 million worth of work -- which is up 140 per cent from 2016.

One Airtasker member earned over $34,500 in a single month last year. 

The news comes as Airtasker releases its latest Future of Work Survey, which shows up to 2.1 million Australians are leveraging the sharing economy to boost their incomes.

The study by research firm Pureprofile, which polled a representative sample of 1,000 working Australians, also found that 38 per cent of Australians have paid for services on the sharing economy. This is a massive 10 per cent increase from last year’s survey.

The poll reveals more than one in 10 working Australians (11.2 per cent) are using the sharing economy to supplement their income, almost double the 6.2 per cent from Airtasker’s Future of Work study in 2016.

Nearly 60 per cent of Australians would consider earning extra money via the sharing economy. Further, four out of five Australians believe the traditional 9-5 employment model is too inflexible for 2018 and beyond.

For the first time, Airtasker can also reveal a raft of previously unknown facts about usage on the platform, such as the most popular tasks by age group.

“More than one in 10 Australians are earning in the sharing economy and almost four in 10 using it to make their lives easier,” said Airtasker co-founder and chief executive Tim Fung.

“At Airtasker we find the more people that use the sharing economy to make their lives easier, the more they see opportunities to earn money from it with their own skills.”

“Naturally we’re expecting an uptick in people using the sharing economy to supplement their income in 2018 after such a big increase in people using it in 2017.”