Uber promises thousands of new European jobs
The controversial taxi-hire company Uber is eager for rapid expansion in Europe, promising at a conference in Munich to create 50,000 new jobs in 2015. The promise appears to be a change in strategy for the aggressive US firm, which has run into roadblocks in some cities including Oslo and Copenhagen.
“We want to make 2015 the year where we establish a new partnership with EU cities,” Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, said. “Uber is committed to establishing new partnerships with Europe’s cities to ensure innovation, harness powerful economic benefits and promote core city functions.”
He said Uber’s expansion would take 400,000 cars off the roads in cities that accept the app-driven company. He promised mayors in Europe that if they accept Uber, the firm would create 10,000 jobs in each city over the next four years.
“At the end of 2015, if we can make these partnerships happen, we create 50,000 new EU jobs,” he said.
Interestingly, Uber offers very different services in different markets: taxi hire in London, ride-sharing in Paris, carpooling in San Francisco. This is because it is limited city by city on how it can operate. As it allegedly violates taxi licensing rules in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, it has been hit with court cases in those countries.
[photo courtesy Uber]