It can be complicated to understand the nuances and details that accompany part-time work. From minimum/maximum hours to mandatory rest days, overtime pay and CPF, these are all things you need to keep in mind when you choose a part-time role. If you need a quick refresher, we recommend the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website, where you can learn about everything you’re entitled to as a part-timer.
Some industries, though, have been proven to pay part-timers better. Others provide more benefits, which can make up the difference in pay. Here’s our list of the top 6 industries with the best work for part-timers:
1. Administrative Work
Despite the increasing trend for automation, administrative jobs will always be required. As fewer people are willing to take on full-time administrative roles, the demand for part-time receptionists and personal assistants (PAs) has risen.
In areas with a high number of expats, for example, there will always be a need for receptionists in buildings and shops. These roles can pay quite well, considering that the workload isn’t as manually-intensive: from S$12 to S$15 per hour, which equals a minimum of S$2,400 a month on a part-time basis.
Some recent admin roles released on GrabJobs:
2. Hospitality Industry
As the hospitality industry grows, so does the need for housekeepers and cleaning staff. We know this, and we’ve acted on it on our end: we recently added on a new board member with over 10 years experience in the industry, so that we could learn how to better serve recruiters who were looking for hospitality staff!
Part-time housekeeping roles can pay up to S$16 per hour, and schedules are flexible, depending on the needs of the hotels/clients. If you’re not interested, you can also consider other roles within the larger industry: there will always be a high demand for food and beverage (F&B) roles.
Some recent hospitality roles released on GrabJobs:
3. F&B Industry
Speaking of F&B, working as a waitress, barista, and bartender can be both profitable as well as enjoyable. Besides the fact that these roles can sometimes earn extra cash tips, many F&B establishments will also provide free meals for those who work for more than 5 hours a day. If you’re working in the CBD, this will no doubt help to reduce your spending each day.
At the same time, the F&B industry usually has low barriers to entry: as long as you can commit, your educational level doesn’t matter. Depending on where you work, you could also network with potential employers when they are in a relaxed environment! At the very least, you are bound to be working with other people who are of a similar age group and temperament, setting the stage for long-lasting friendships.
Some recent F&B roles released on GrabJobs:
- Beeworks Pte Ltd (Jollibee) – Full-time and Part-time Crew/ Crew Leaders (Fast Food Restaurant)
- Grand Appetite Partners Pte Ltd (Morganfield’s) – Permanent Weekend Service Crew (Non Halal Restaurant) (Fri,Sat & Sun)
4. Retail Industry
Retail has always been one of the more popular industry of choice for part-time work. Due to the low requirements and quick learning curve, it appeals to many. Working in retail is ideal for people looking for something flexible as retail outlets usually stay open till late and they’re usually operating on weekends as well.
The job exposes applicants to multiple roles like customer service, logistics and sales. Learning multiple skills has always been a great benefit. Identifying the needs of a customer and learning ways to communicate clearly while providing a memorable customer experience are skills that can be applicable in many work fields.
Some recent service roles released on GrabJobs:
5. Services Industry
Outside of the hospitality industry, there are a number of other services that can pay well on a part-time basis. Tutors and teachers, for example, are famous for being able to earn high amounts per class. The more experienced can earn more than S$50 per hour, per student.
If not, learning to become a pet groomer could be useful as well, with groomers able to make more than S$2,000 a month. Of course, that will require proper training beforehand. Nursing, too, for the elderly, is another job that will require training, but can also pay handsomely, up to S$20 per hour.
Some recent service roles released on GrabJobs:
- Dramateachers – Drama Instructor
- Coach Singapore – Receptionist & People Operations
- Part Time Dog Daycare Attendant
6. Transportation Services
If you have a driving license, especially a Heavy Vehicle Class 4 & 5 license, which allows you to drive trucks, you could be making a lot of money as a delivery driver in Singapore.
Besides the obvious Grab and Go-Jek roles, the booming e-commerce industry means that there are many companies looking for drivers to deliver the goods to consumers and their houses. At the same time, the shipping industry is still a strong driver of growth in Singapore, and that will also require transportation assistance on a part-time basis. With all this said, you could be making between S$26 to S$40 per hour as a delivery driver!
Some recent transportation roles released on GrabJobs:
Part-time sales promoters will always be a good source of income in Singapore. From phone promoters to in-store staff, businesses will always require staff that can help the company drive more sales.
Phone promoters might have a harder time due to the PDPA laws in Singapore, but there’s still the opportunity to combine in-store sales with phone up-sells, and those jobs will not pay less than $10 per hour.
In the end, high-paying part-time roles aren’t impossible; you just need to know everything that the job entails, and the amount of effort it will cost for you to do it. Look for roles with higher pay, better benefits, and you can earn a decent living!