For many people, a part-time job is perfect whilst studying, focusing on childcare or for a whole host of other reasons where you need a job alongside other commitments. The majority of people looking for part-time work will want to find something which is flexible and this will be one of the priorities when searching for the job.
Part-time work can be a great way to maintain a healthy work-life balance, whilst building up your experience, working in an area that you really enjoy or need experience in. Keep in mind that a drop in hours of work does not necessarily always mean a drop in income. If you undertake part-time work on a freelance or contract basis though, make sure you have considered an umbrella company to ensure everything stays legal and IR35 compliant.
To help you out in picking the options which are both flexible and financially viable, we have put together some of the best-paying part-time jobs.
Waiting Staff Positions
Being a waiter or a waitress is not often thought as being a particularly well-paid role.
However, working in this industry at large events is actually a great opportunity to earn your way to a very respectable, even decent amount of money. Examples of events at which you could make a lot of money working on a temporary basis include big sporting events, such as test cricket and football games, weddings and charity events.
It is advised to sign up to an agency which specialises in hospitality roles, and give them up-to-date details about your availability. It is true that for the highest paid positions you will need some experience, so finding waiting jobs locally could help to get your foot in the door, unlocking potentially more lucrative positions over time.
Part Time Hair and Beauty Jobs
If you have a passion for making people feel their best, one of the highest paying part-time jobs in the beauty industry could include Makeup Artists, Beauty Therapists, Massage Therapists and Stylists.
Many of these professions also allow you to work as a self-employed person, which will allow you to effectively manage your own schedule. Remember to utilise an umbrella company’s services in these cases ensuring taxes and obligations are accounted for.
For this, you will likely require training in your specific area and you will also need to have good people skills as you will be working with members of the public each day upon which you conduct your work. Privacy, discretion and tact are also necessities in these types of roles.
Social Care Jobs
Social care and support work can be a very rewarding part time career path to choose, particularly for those who have a desire to truly help people. In this type of role, you could find yourself assisting people with learning disabilities, childminding or even undertaking work that involves nursery services. Furthermore, because care is not always needed around the clock, it is rather good choice if you want to get yourself into part time work, or if you prefer working at particular times of day or night.
Aside from having great interpersonal skills and a warm personality, you will need to possess patience in an abundance to work in this profession. It is also key to have a flexible and versatile approach to your work for you to see the most success in this sector.
As a part time social worker, you could expect to earn as much as £28 per hour once you are fully qualified. Entry level positions are also paid consistently above the rates of other part-time roles.
Part Time Accountancy Work
As an accountant, you are likely to find yourself preparing business’ accounts, which are required to give an overview of their financial status. Although many large companies employ accountants and accounts teams on a full time basis, smaller organisations and even individual sole-traders often record fewer transactions, making part-time accountants invaluable to their businesses and positions.
Of course, for this type of role you will need great maths skills and a natural aptitude for numbers. You may not necessarily need a degree, although previous experience with accounting software such as Sage or Xero is usually perceived as a bonus.
You can expect to earn around £15 per hour as an entry-level salary, although there is a good level of progression in this field should you seek to continue further.
Web Designers and Developers
As a part time role, designers and developers work on a range of websites to optimise the performance and improve usability, design and functionality. Although for bigger websites, these positions will likely be employed full time, many smaller businesses employ technology-based roles on a more flexible basis.
Part-time tech positions can be extremely lucrative, particularly if you have more than a little bit of expertise under your belt. You can expect to earn anywhere up to £25 per hour, and part-time Web Designers can expect to be paid a similar amount.
If you want to start reaching out to potential employers, you can build an online portfolio of your previous work. If you do not have enough work experience to do this, try and complete a bit of freelancing work to get that experience in the industry, and will help to show interviewers exactly what you can do.