The announcement came this week as part of a 3,000-person staffing cut that will eliminate many of the ride-hailing company’s non-core initiatives, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.
Uber Works was intended as an intermediary between shift workers and temp agencies. It didn’t employ workers directly, but rather provided technology to help staffing firms match workers with shifts, as well as track time and send payments.
Uber Works launched in Chicago last October and had since expanded to Dallas and Miami. But with social distancing crippling Uber’s main business, the company’s foray into recruitment was short-lived.
This week’s cuts came on the heels of an even larger layoff of 3,700 staff earlier this month. In total, the cuts will affect one quarter of Uber’s global staff and will shutter 45 offices.
Other non-core units to get the axe were an ideas generator called Uber Incubator and an artificial-intelligence division called AI Labs.