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How To Get a Job as a Deliveroo Rider

Deliveroo Jobs – Earn Money Delivering Food for Deliveroo

Deliveroo is a delivery service that partners with a number of restaurants and takeaways to deliver food orders to customers at home. These companies are usually ones that do not offer their own delivery service.

How To Get a Job as a Deliveroo Rider…

In order to become a Deliveroo driver you will need to apply via their website. There are certain requirements that you will need to meet in order to apply.

You will need to prove that you have the right to work in the UK and that you have the correct insurance in place. These are two of the first things that will be checked.

You will also need a method of being able to make deliveries. If you are working in a city or town centre where you do not have to travel long distances and traffic is likely to be heavy, then a push bike may be all that you need. However, if you are delivering out of town, then a car or scooter will probably be necessary. All three modes of transport are acceptable to Deliveroo.

The deliveries that are available to be made all appear on an app for riders. Therefore, you need a smartphone that is capable of running this app.

What Are Deliveroo Start Up Costs?

It used to cost money to purchase a starter kit from Deliveroo but this charge has now been waived. This kit includes everything you need to start making deliveries.

If you want to purchase additional items from the kit, then these are also available to buy. The rate that is charged is also much lower than it was a few years ago. These items include things such as jackets with the Deliveroo branding on and thermal bags that you can use to keep the food warm.

Are Deliveroo Riders Self-Employed?

When you become a Deliveroo rider, you will be classed as self-employed. This means that you will be responsible for paying your own tax and national insurance and will have to register as self-employed with HMRC.

The fact that you are self-employed means that you have no set hours and it is this that gives you the flexibility to work when you want to.

Do You Need Insurance?

You will need additional insurance for your car or scooter if you want to be a rider for Deliveroo. As well as social, domestic and pleasure cover which you will already have as part of your standard insurance, you will also need either hire and reward, or fast food delivery cover.

This extra insurance is likely to make your premiums more expensive. However, Deliveroo are able to put you in touch with insurance companies that offer the best rates for delivery drivers.

Deliveroo also provide free personal injury and income protection for all their riders. Cyclists have free public liability insurance whenever they are working, and riders using a car or scooter will receive this when they are walking to or from a pick up or delivery.

How Much Can You Make?

The amount of money that you can make with Deliveroo depends on the amount of hours that you work, and the number of deliveries you can make within this time.

Deliveroo claim on their website that you can make up to £120 in one day. This is achievable but it would take a lot of hard work. On average a rider will earn £10 an hour, but this can increase if you are working at busy times such as Friday and Saturday evenings. The people that are making the orders also have the option to tip their rider, and you will keep 100% of all the tips that you are given.

You can also earn up to £250 by recommending a friend or family member.


There is the potential to make a good income from being a Deliveroo rider. It is also very flexible as you are able to choose the hours that you work.

The working conditions have improved considerably in recent years and you now have a number of protections in place while working for the company.