Best Weekend Part-Time Jobs in Singapore
Living in Singapore brings joy and luxury. Notably, the city-state has one of the best facilities in the world. No wonder the country is a top destination for expatriates. However, the joy and luxury come at a very high price. The Ministry of Communications concurred that Singapore is the most expensive city to live, according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Nevertheless, the Ministry of Communications differed with the survey noting that it does not “reflect the cost of living of Singaporean households.” Notably, the government pointed out certain variables that survey considered where bias is clear. For instance, the rebuttal observed that Singaporean households do not usually get affected by currency fluctuations. Interestingly, currency fluctuations hurt expatriates since they earn their salary in foreign currencies.
Secondly, the rebuttal noted that most of the items considered in the basket of goods are very expensive. On the contrary, Singaporean households mostly buy cheap goods. For instance, local Singaporeans mostly buy local newspapers and local food, unlike expatriates who read international papers and buy the expensive filet mignon.
The rebuttal notwithstanding, the cost of living in Singapore is quite prohibitive compared to other cities across South Eastern Asia. According to Numbeo, Singapore’s cost of living index closely trails New York, Sydney, and London, and is slightly above Berlin. Interestingly, the cost of living in Singapore is almost twice that of neighboring cities like Kuala Lumpur (see the figure below).
For a four-person family living in Singapore, one would need S$3,715.04 monthly expenditure to sustain the family. This is the cost of basic items like food and clothing and excluding rent. Further, Numbeo estimates that a single person will spend S$1,037.74 monthly to live averagely in the city. Also, this amount excludes rental costs.
Interestingly, the average cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is about S$3,150.03. On the Singapore side, one would need over S$6,719.52 to maintain the same lifestyle as that in Kuala Lumpur. Further, the government requires that entry-level cleaners be paid S$1,000 monthly. Given that the country does not have an official minimum wage policy, it is possible for workers to earn below this figure.
From the foregoing, surviving in Singapore requires an extra source of income to supplement the day job. This is especially urgent for low-level workers and even students who are yet to get their first formal job. To that end, there is a growing need for weekend jobs to plug this income deficit. In this light, we have compiled a list of best weekend part-time jobs that could boost one’s income in the country.
Part-time food delivery
Singapore has one of the largest population of rich people who prefer buying their goods over e-commerce platforms. Notably, statistics indicate that by 2025, the Singapore e-commerce industry will grow to S$7.5 billion. Further, it is estimated that over US$50 billion will be invested in the industry by 2025. As such, this investment will expand the industry by 11% annually up to that period.
Interestingly, the country has the technology to spur the growth as well as a cashless culture that has taken root over a long time. As such, the city-state is an e-commerce hub that is experiencing a mammoth growth in the number of orders made via the e-commerce platforms. Naturally, the number of online orders increase, the need for product delivery services shoot through the roof.
In Singapore today, companies like Foodpanda offer part-time food delivery opportunities for students and other available individuals. Foodpanda pays delivery staff $9.50 per hour in addition to an assortment of bonuses for each order successfully delivered.
The advantage of working as a delivery person for Foodpanda is that you work according to your schedule. Further, the job does not have tough requirements other than being 18 years old and having a motorcycle rider’s license. Therefore, this is a part-time job that will supplement your income perfectly without encroaching on the time for the day job.
Given the presence of many international brands in Singapore, the firms have to actively market their products to reach many customers and to stay ahead of the competition. Telemarketing is increasingly becoming a means of reaching more potential customers.
Interestingly, Telemarketing is one of the most popular side-hustles due to the high hourly pay that telemarketers receive. A typical telemarketer will earn an average of $10 per hour. Further, some companies offer commission which is conditional on the number of customers that one attracts.
Singapore is a busy nation, especially during weekends. Most of the working Singaporeans take out the weekends to unwind and visit malls for shopping. Interestingly, others take the time at the malls to admire the various products on display so that they can decide on what is interesting.
At the same time, firms take the opportunity to market their products across the country during the weekends. One of the most popular sites for these promotional events is the malls. During the events, the firms look for ad-hoc promoters to help handle the tasks at hand.
Ad-hoc promoting is a simple way of getting extra cash. Basically, all a promoter needs to do is distribute the various products on sale to potential buyers. Interestingly, some firms pay up to $10 an hour for gigs that can go on for three days. Further, there are commissions conditional on the number of products you push through.
In Singapore, clinic assistants help with general duties within the facility ranging from receiving patients to washing wounds. Notably, the job does not require special qualifications apart from general and IT literacy. Depending on the facility, a clinic assistant can earn up to $8 per hour.
Interestingly, the working hours are quite flexible, and they suit students and housewives. Typically, a clinic assistant on weekends works from 8 am to 12.30 pm. All the while, one will be handling light duties that will leave one energetic enough to handle personal business later or even be in good shape for regular work on Monday.