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10 Recession-Proof Part-Time Jobs

Part-time jobs, © Picture-Factory - Fotolia.comIn a recent release by the ONS, it was discovered that people who were unable to find full-time employment have been taking part time employment. We, at the Corner Office, understand. With part-time employment, you are still keeping your skills active but sadly, for a cheaper salary. We have done some research on part time employment. There are an endless supply of sites that give insights into what is a recession proof part time job.

So here are some of the top recession-proof jobs in the UK based on research conducted by the Learning and Skills Council and government sources. Not only do they offer flexible working hours that are often part-time but, they are constantly in demand and pay pretty well, too.

1.      Web designers
What they do
: As companies increasingly migrate their operations online, their corporate website becomes the first experience that their potential customers will have of their business. And that’s where web designers come in. It is their job to ensure that the website is user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing and represents the company’s image effectively.
Hours of work: Some designers work for large-scale design agencies, however, the majority are self-employed and work around their own schedules.
What they earn: £15.15

2.      Pharmaceutical/medical sales representatives
What they do
: Working on behalf of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, sales representatives aim to encourage as many hospital pharmacies, chemists and GP’s as possible to stock their products — from drugs to medical equipment and supplies.
Hours of work: Sales is a high-demand environment and in recent years, companies have been under increasing pressure to offer flexible working hours to employees, especially those with young families. Indeed, research has proved that staff working fewer hours can be as- if not more- productive than full time staff
What they earn: £14.17 per hour

3.      Software testers
What they do: Software testers are hot property and one of the most in-demand professions in the UK. They design, research and develop systems that are key to an organisations success and future growth, including intranet sites, payroll systems, customer relations management and communications in addition to corporate security systems.
Hours of work: Employed predominantly on a consultancy basis, software testers tend to work on short-term projects that enable them to work around their existing commitments.
What they earn: £17.62 per hour

4.      Child care workers
What they do
: As the job title suggests, child care workers care for and supervise children at their parents’ home, the child’s home or in a dedicated day nursery.
Hours of work: Workers will care for children during their parent’s hours of work, but typically between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
What they earn: £5.97 per hour

5.      Viral marketing professionals
What they do: As print advertising revenues continue on their downward spiral and marketing spend online increases, viral marketing professionals are employed to maximise a company’s advertising budget in the most cost-effective way through their specialist knowledge of the internet, such as search engine optimisation.
Hours of work: Given the 24/7 nature of the web, viral marketers will work a variety of shifts to suit the hours of their employer.
What they earn: £18.27 per hour (Institute of Marketing)

6.      Nursing assistants
What they do
: The UK has a chronic shortage of suitably qualified nurses and is forced to depend upon part-time assistants and overseas workers. And this situation will be exacerbated as the UK’s population continues to rise and get older. Assistants perform a range of care duties under the direction of nursing and medical staff, such as bathing, feeding and taking a patient’s blood pressure or removing stitches.
Hours of work: Working hours are typically based on a shift pattern which can alternate between early morning, afternoon or night shifts with some weekend work.
What they earn: £7.62 per hour

7.      Receptionists
What they do
: Receptionists are the first point of contact that a person will have with a company and perform a variety of duties including scheduling appointments, welcoming visitors, filing, and general administration such as dictating letters.
Hours of work: This is one of the most popular roles for part-time workers on account that it offers a lot of flexibility that enables them to arrange their working hours around their own schedule.
What they earn: £7.86 per hour

8.      Supply teachers
What they do
: Supply teachers are fully qualified professionals who are called upon to work in a school or college, usually at short notice. With the current shortage of full-time teaching posts, there is a significant demand for those teachers who are willing to work ad hoc hours or to cover other teachers who may be off work through sickness and maternity.
Hours of work: Can range from a few hours per day to a full school day, depending on existing staffing levels at the respective school.
What they earn: £21.50 per hour

9.      Business analysts
What they do
: Analysts will identify what an organisation’s IT requirements are, designs, develops and implements the relevant computer programmes to fulfil project requirements.
Hours of work: As with software testers, Analysts are employed predominantly on a consultancy and bespoke basis, working on short-term projects that enable engineers to work around their existing commitments.
What they earn: £16.82 per hour

10.    Chefs and cooks
What they do:
The hospitality sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK with more restaurants, bars and hotels opening up than every before — especially ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. Chefs and cooks are responsible for the design of an establishment’s menu, the preparation, cooking and presentation of the food for customers.
Hours of work: Arguably one of the most varied shift patterns. Chefs and cooks can be required to prepare breakfast, lunch of dinner and can be expected to work between the hours of 6am and 10pm.
What they earn: £6.59 per hour


Salary data comes from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ONS) for all bar the Web Designer, which comes from IT Jobs Watch.

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  1. Me | Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    Childcare workers earn £5.97 per hour?
    That’s concerning, considering that Minimum Wage is £6.08…

  2. Salman | Mar 1, 2012 | Reply

    Great ideas! With due respect to Recession..

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