The Truth About Flexible Hospitality Work: 10 Types of People Who Are Benefiting From Working On-demand With Rota

Freya Moss, March 24, 2017 12:07 pm

Here at Rota, we’re all about matching great people with great jobs – and we take pride in offering work that fits around our Members’ schedules, not the other way around. We want to make work accessible to everyone no matter what your circumstances, and the good news is that hospitality work is changing.

We’re flying the flag for working on-demand, and we want to take you along with us as we set up our new venture. Work where and when you want and as much or as little as you choose. It’s all about making your job fit around your life, hipster-haven Canal Mills, and home of art and bohemia, The Tetley, it’s an exciting time to get involved.

There are many reasons why flexible work is better than a traditional part-time job, including a more balanced life and plenty of opportunities for new experiences. Lucky for you, we’re passionate about the subject and we’ve dug a little deeper.

Live the life that you want. Take the power back and discover flexible working with Rota.


Flexible work vs. traditional work


In the modern world, we’re quickly getting used to everything being on-demand. Whether it’s binging on a box set of Breaking Bad or Stranger Things on Netflix, or ordering something online for next-day delivery – we know what we want, and we want it now!

So why can’t work be the same?

Flexible work is a more effective way for the modern worker to earn money by doing what they love on their terms. Rota prides itself on bringing together great staff with fabulous venues across the hospitality industry to fulfil fluctuating demand on both sides.

With Rota, you simply sign-up and head to one of our screening sessions. After you’ve shown us what you can do, it’s time to download our app and login. Available shifts will start to pop up straight away, and if you see something you like, you can sign yourself up to it. Nobody will ever push work on you, so you will never have to experience the awkward feeling of refusing a job again. Our app provides a sense of working freedom for our Members, and means that whether you take a shift or not is 100% down to you and your situation.

Flexible working patterns are quickly becoming more and more dominant in the workplace, and with Leeds being home to the fourth largest student population in the country, there will be a demand for flexible hospitality work.

With that in mind, 94% of UK organisations now offer staff some kind of flexible working, and with the hospitality sector expected to grow by 19% in Leeds by 2020 , it’s a great time to get involved!

Explore our chart and discover more about flexible working vs. traditional working styles to help decide if it’s the right choice for you.

Even if you have already committed to a job part-time or full-time, the great thing about on-demand working is that you can earn extra cash during your free time. So, whether you want to do a shift or fancy spending a night in playing Cluedo (did you know that the board game was invented in Leeds by Waddington’s in 1949?) – the choice is yours. No pressure, no worries – just plenty of work and opportunities to earn money!

That’s the great thing about Rota – we work for everyone. In fact, we’ve listed 10 people who could benefit from using our app below. Why not see if you’re one of them?




10 people who could benefit from working on-demand


So, you know what Rota is, and that it’s the future of all shift-based work, but who can benefit from the new flexible working attitude?

This style of working appeals to people from all walks of life. Whether you’re embroiled in your first year of study at one of the prestigious universities, or have just taken an exciting step and are on the journey to purchasing your first home, finding work with Rota could be the income solution you’ve been looking for.


The Fresher

Being a Fresher is arguably one of the most important times of your life. It’s the first opportunity you get to stand on your own two feet – and it’s also the first time you need to start thinking about earning money of your own. Flexible hospitality work means you can up your income without interrupting your studies or 2 for 1 cocktails on Thursdays in the SU. It also provides an awesome sense of independence away from the Bank of Mum and Dad!


The International Student

It’s both exhilarating and intimidating coming to a new city. Whether you’re heading to Trinity Leeds to do a spot of shopping or Kirkstall Abbey for a taste of culture – it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin, and finding work can be even harder.It doesn’t matter if you hail from Hong Kong or Hungary – as long as you have a valid work visa, you too can become a Member of Rota It also gives you a chance to integrate with your new country’s culture and make friends.


The Single Person

Friends and family busy? Don’t fancy spending a night in alone re-watching the Harry Potter films (don’t pretend you don’t do it), fuelled by jelly tots! Taking on shifts through the Rota app means you can earn money while meeting new people. You never know who might be out and about, and it keeps you busy and sociable when you don’t have other plans.


The Blogger

Blogging is an excellent vocation, but it takes time to establish yourself. Flexible work allows you to earn and blog at the same time, letting you do what you love whilst providing the money to fund it. For inspiration on your blogging journey, take a look at some of the bloggers. Amy Elizabeth and Leeds Foodie blog are popular with locals, and we certainly admire their work.


The Creative

Who says you must give up your dream for your career? With Rota you can pick and choose when you work, allowing you the time you need to pursue your passion. So, whether you’re a keen actor needing time for auditions and rehearsals, a dedicated writer thinking up the next bestseller, or something else entirely – working on-demand allows you to make money when you need, and won’t disrupt working towards your goals.


The First-Time Buyer

No one knows the struggle of buying that dream house in Chapel Allerton like our generation, but working flexibly means you can earn some extra income on the side to support your new chapter. Ease the pressure of mortgage payments, or use the extra cash to kit out your new home with gorgeous furniture from popular spots such as Christopher Pratts or Barker and Stonehouse.


The New Parent

Handling both a new child and full-time work is a challenge for even the most dedicated parent. Flexible work allows you to put your family first, yet still have an income. Work when it is suitable for you and your little one, not when a traditional job says you have to.


The Adventurer

We all dream of escaping and exploring the world, but many of us fail to make it a reality. Don’t be one of those people who give up their dream. Earn extra money with Rota shifts and start saving up. Trek across the sandy beaches of Thailand or explore the Manhattan skyline – the world is exciting and big, and it’s out there waiting for you. Best of all, you’ll be able to secure new shifts on our app as soon as you come back, meaning you won’t miss out on any income.


The Carer

Caring for someone is a huge responsibility, and it’s easy to lose yourself in the needs of others. But working flexibly with our app means that you can pick and choose the shifts that suit you, and you can always take days off to support your loved one whenever you like.


The Freelancer

Freelance work is not always reliable, so why not boost your income with some hospitality shifts here and there? The networking opportunities at our Partners’ spaces are just waiting to be taken, and could help you build some fantastic contacts.


The long and short of it is that all types of people can benefit from flexible, on-demand work. Whether you’re 38 or 18, a visionary artist or a proud, new parent (or both!), picking and choosing shifts that work for you means you can earn money whilst prioritising other important areas of your life.

Each Rota Member has one thing in common, and that’s a distinct need for a flexible way of working. We understand your needs, and we’re on a mission to help you find a working solution that works for you. If you had a long day looking after your little one and want to retain a sense of independence and income, or if you had a morning lecture from 9-11 and now have an afternoon of free time, Rota will be there for you at the tap of a finger, helping you earn.


What is Rota? And how can we provide you with flexible work?


We’ve already told you that Rota is an app that provides access to flexible hospitality work. But how does it work?

The first thing you need to do to get involved is to sign up. You can do this by clicking here. After that, you’ll have to come to a screening day. This allows us to assess whether you’re a good fit for the types of roles we have – and it also protects our Partners as it ensures they only have top-quality workers on their team.

Once you have signed up to the app and have been screened (it’s not as clinical as it sounds, honest), you’ll be able to see available shifts through your mobile app immediately. Always make sure you keep a regular eye on the app, so that you don’t miss out on the perfect shift opportunity for you.

As our Partner base grow, more and more work will become available – which means more shifts to choose from for you. Of course, there’s no pressure to take any, but we recommend that you do if you want to earn yourself a 5-star reputation and rake in the dough.

We’ve been helping people just like you find flexible work for a while now. In fact, Rota originally started in London, and we’re already operating effectively in three of the UK’s biggest cities – London, Manchester and Birmingham. We’re excited to now bring it to the home of the celebrated Leeds Rhinos RLFC, and we can’t wait to help keen workers earn extra income.


The benefits of Rota and feedback from our members


Our app comes with many benefits. It’s time to stop being a spectator and become part of the action!

Below we have some key facts about our employment app.

– Rota is free to use – we’re all about making money for you
– You’ll earn at least 15% above the UK industry average plus any tips during a shift
– Each shift will include uniform requirements and details of what the shift will entail
– There is no minimum number of hours you have to work
– We have a wide range of work available including waiting, bartending, hosting or kitchen portering
– You’ll receive a £10 bonus for referring a friend that’s a successful applicant!

As you can see, there are many benefits to finding work with Rota. But you don’t have to take our word for it. We’ve received some great feedback from people who have already adopted the Rota lifestyle and love it:


“I have been working with Rota for almost a year now when I have days off from my other job. You can always find a shift that suits your needs, and every time I turn up to work the other Rota guys are fun to work with. I have actually made some of my best friends in London through it while making money, too!” Manos Sfyridakis – Second Job


“As an actor, I don’t think I could do any other job. Normal part time jobs expect a regularity that I can’t fit in, which is why I love the flexibility that Rota offers. It works so well with my acting career, as I can just fit it around rehearsals and commitments, and work whenever and wherever is good for me.” Alex Lenox – Actor


“Obviously I love Rota. The flexibility is great – I go to uni as well, so it works really well with my studies. The venues I have been to are amazing, and Rota genuinely cares about its staff. I also love meeting new people. I’ve only ever heard positive feedback, everyone loves working with Rota!” Lay Le – Student at the University of Westminster


It’s the best agency I’ve worked for so far. I’ve been working for Rota for the past 5 and a half months and I’ve really enjoyed working in different venues and have met some interested people through Rota by working with them. I would recommend friends and families to join Rota cause it’s very flexible to work on your own time and make your own schedule…” Saydul Hussain via Facebook


The benefits really are endless – and because we want to make sure you get the most out of our app, you’ll receive lots of opportunities to earn money. Our founders have first-hand hospitality experience, so we know the frustrations both workers and employers face in this sector. That’s why with the app you’ll reap the following benefits, designed to make your and our Partners’ lives easier:

– Pick and choose the shifts that work around your busy life
– Learn a wide variety of skills to improve your career prospects
– Discover the sector and role that suits you the most
– Apply with the click of a button and have your shift confirmed in minutes – it’s even quicker than ordering Dominos!
– Work everywhere from 5-star hotels to trendy pop-up restaurants.


What Is Rota?


Rota are looking for an outgoing and reliable member to join our bar staff team to work at London’s best hotels, restaurants and events!

There are a variety of shifts available and we can offer a flexible contract that suits you, either part-time or full-time, and the opportunity to earn up to £11 per hour.

Rota helps you find flexible hospitality work around London – a great opportunity to get extra earnings over the Christmas period!

Click the apply link to book your assessment session!

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