Best Jobs For Single Moms In Singapore 2019
According to the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), over 600,000 working age women in Singapore were economically inactive in 2017. Interestingly, most of these women have requisite academic qualifications to land any job.
Of this huge number, 78% claim to be not able to work due to family responsibilities. The most affected are the single moms who do not have any other choice but to be there for their kids.
However, another report indicates that single moms might be better off jobless. This is because the government provides welfare benefits that are in some cases more sustainable than what some jobs offer.
In essence, the issue is that single mothers struggle with jobs, which sometimes offer so little. As such, it becomes a huge burden to sustain themselves and their newborns.
Nonetheless, the job environment is changing. As such, 2019 brings new opportunities through which single moms can put their skills to work and earn an income while still taking care of their children. Below are some of the opportunities that might best fit the cohort in the coming year.
Economic slumps call for a lean workforce. This is what many man employers fall to when economic times get hard. However, recent times are seeing companies going for contractual job arrangements since they are favorable.
Interestingly, many financial institutions are going for contractual workers due to a lack of talent. The performance-based models of contractual arrangements seem to ensure higher productivity than fulltime employees.
On the worker’s perspective, contractual models have flexible arrangements. For instance, it is possible to work as legal advisor to a client in the City from the comfort of your home. Like earlier mentioned, Singapore has sufficient structures in place like good internet to help people telecommute.
In 2019, many organizations would want to cut down on fulltime workers to maintain a lean staff. This is for the reason that the global economic future is uncertain, especially with China and America locked in a trade-war.
Part-time Administrative Assistant
Being a single mother is not easy. One has the duty to be there for the kid at all times to provide all the needs it may need. At the same time, one has bills to pay and food to provide. Further, raising the baby would be impossible without money for essentials like diapers.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) reveals a rising number of part-time workers for the last five years. Of the part-time workforce, 63.8% are women. Therefore, it is clear that many women are opting for such arrangements. As such, they can earn the very important income while having time to take care of their family.
According to MSF’s data, every year experiences higher growth in the number of part-time workers. This could be evidence that many more companies are considering the work arrangement since it is favorable to them too.
There are exciting part-time jobs where one can work as an Administrative Assistant from the comfort of their home. Even if one will be needed at the office, it won’t take much time since it is part-time.
The digital space is ever expanding. At the same time, there is a growing online presence for various businesses. Further, the online community is also expanding such that there is more ground to cover for companies.
Further, the digital space is challenging more brick-and-mortar companies to migrate services to the internet, at least partially.
Go-Globe notes that the ecommerce penetration is on the rise. With only 57% penetration in 2015, Go Globe expects ecommerce to take over almost 75% of Singapore. As such, there will be more openings in the space, digital marketing being one of them.
In such a capacity, one can work from anywhere. Digital marketing is ideal for freelancers and people who can work at home. As such, this is the best option especially for single moms who need to be at home fully.
The expanding digital space is spawning a lot of opportunities for stay at home moms. Interestingly, the digital space is not only limited to the ecommerce niche.
Interestingly, the number of internet users globally surpassed 4 billion this year. This represents a growth of 7% year-on-year.
Singapore ranks very high in the number of hours people spend online in a single day. Particularly, Singaporeans spend at least 7 hours and 9 minutes on average on the internet on a daily basis.
As such, the pages that these people visit need a lot content, which need content writer to produce. This has created openings for writers who can work on freelance basis.
Freelance writing favors women who work from home since all they need is a source of internet and a computer. Further, freelance writing is flexible and as such, single moms can easily work around the tasks and get to pay bills ultimately.
Association of Women for Action and Research observed that of the single moms who are unable to work fulltime, most of them have good education. Therefore, it is clear that family responsibilities are the only impediment to their productivity.
However, this also speaks to the kind of work arrangements that exit and that they are unfavorable to the single moms.
Professional women can continue being productive even in the when fully tending to their kids. For instance, women in the financial sector could use their wealth of experience to advice people.
Further, Singapore’s economy is expanding rapidly. As such, there are a lot of projects happening that could use professional input from diverse fields like project management, financial planning and so on.
For women with expertise in such fields, they can take up consulting jobs for the companies undertaking the various projects. Such jobs are part-time and based on flexible arrangements which suit single moms.
It is therefore clear that single moms with expertise in certain fields do not have to stay at home and despair. They only need to take advantage of the opportunities that the coming year offers and they are in plenty.