As we reach our later years, many of us want to take the chance to relax, enjoy a new hobby or spend time with the family. Most of us have worked hard our whole lives to enjoy our retirement abroad, take care of the grandchildren or practise our favourite sport.
That said, many seniors reach their advancing years and feel the call to work again. There are many reasons for this. Lots of seniors value the opportunity to continue meeting new people and making new friends. Others like to take up work to keep busy and remain active.
As long as they are healthy, seniors are working later and later in life: some well into their eighties and nineties. According to the Ministry of Manpower, the number of Singaporeans aged over 70 that are employed has risen from 16,000 in 2006 to 43,000 in 2018.
In a study by the Sunday Times, six people were found to be working in Singapore at aged eighty and over. None of these hard workers needed the money, instead citing a wish to remain active as their reason for continuing their roles.
However, information from the Ministry of Social and Family Development suggests otherwise. From 2012 to 2015 the number of elderly households requiring financial assistance from ComCare rose from 1,627 to 2,464. This can be attributed to the rising cost of living.
Whilst there is no medical reason to cease work at 67 if you are fit and healthy, those who are not in good health should be aware of the risks. More activity increases the chance of accidents or falls which may have more serious consequences for the more brittle bones of the elderly. Stress and anxiety can cause heart and blood pressure problems. Whilst poor eyesight and hearing traditionally associated with old age could increase the risk of workplace accidents.
Despite the risks, elderly workers believe that their jobs keep their older minds and bodies active and well, staving off numerous diseases including dementia. Let’s dive into the list of highest-paying part-time jobs for seniors looking to work in Singapore.
Given how competitive the Singapore school system is, elderly people are able to make decent money as tutors.
Working one on one with pupils, you will have the opportunity to impart your academic knowledge to a younger generation of scholars. Perhaps you speak fluent French or have a degree in Mathematics, your skills will be extremely useful to a young student looking to do their best at school.
With the highest paying jobs for the most challenging subjects or in recognition of a degree from a top international university, you could be earning up to $100 per hour.
If you are a patient, caring person who is passionate about their subject, you could enjoy very rewarding employment as a tutor.
If you have a lower level of mobility but good eyesight and a knack for driving, you can make great money part-time as a taxi driver.
Sign up to one of the online cab companies and all you need is your own car to start earning a good hourly rate. Many of these companies have great incentives if you have a good driver rating, low cancellation record and a high rate for accepting trips in your area.
Premier Singapore taxi firm, Grab estimates that drivers can earn up to $38 per hour during peak times.
If you’ve got a talent for writing, you are sure to make good money in a part-time position as a senior. From writing articles to advertisements, take some time to find your niche and you could soon be earning as much as $60 per hour.
Websites such as Upwork.com are great for finding your first freelance jobs, you just need to load a profile onto the site detailing your skills and experience. You may need to take a few low paid jobs at first, but with some good reviews under your belt, you can begin raising your rates and earning great money without leaving the comfort of your living room.
It’s true that you will not get the joy of meeting new people face to face, as with other jobs, but in terms of keeping your mind sharp and not putting too much strain on your body, being a freelance writer could be the perfect role for you.
Similar to work as a tutor, if you are skilled at playing a musical instrument, it could be your ticket to well-paid part-time work as a senior.
Your potential clients will want to know your level of skills, what qualifications you may have and how long you have been playing. If you have previous experience in teaching this will be a huge bonus and will allow you to charge top prices for your time.
You can either teach at home or travel to your students and expect to earn up to $60 per hour depending on your experience.
If you worked in tech prior to your retirement, why not use those skills for a profitable part-time job? Perhaps you will need to upskill with a quick course, which you can do online, but work as a web developer can earn you anything from $50 per hour.
This is another role in which you may not make many face to face friends, but where you can keep your mind sharp from the comfort of your home without any of the physical risks of taking up employment late in life.
If you have a passion for photography, why not offer your services taking photos at events and functions.
This is a great way to meet new people and spend time at events such as weddings and parties whilst getting paid anything from $50 per hour.
Or if you’d rather not attend functions, you can sell your photos online and make royalties when they are downloaded. If you have an eye for a beautiful nature scene or a knack for capturing shots of animals, this could be a rather lucrative part-time job.
Exploring your employment options as a senior living in Singapore could lead to an exciting new chapter in your life as well as some extra funds for your retirement.
(By Sally Fox)