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10 Highest Paying Part-Time Jobs in the UK

Posted by Joe Wiggins

Director of Corporate Communications, International

Last Updated August 20, 2021

The number of part-time employees in the UK continues to decrease, with the number of part-time workers down 158,000 over the past quarter. This, along with the drop in self-employed workers, is driving the overall decrease in employment in the UK at the present time. 

However, there are thousands of part-time jobs available and pay can vary enormously. To help people decide what the right job is for them, Glassdoor has curated a list of the Highest Paying Part-time Jobs:

  1. Lecturer
  2. Maths Teacher
  3. Research Assistant
  4. Tutor
  5. Driver
  6. Coach
  7. English Teacher
  8. Teaching Assistant
  9. Brand Ambassador
  10. Network Technician

Median hourly salary: £27.50

What does a lecturer do? 

A lecturer teaches higher education students (at college or university) about a specific subject. Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, webinars, practical demonstrations, field visits or e-learning. Lecturers may also mentor students and assist them with their dissertations for PhD studies. 

How can I get a job as a lecturer?  

To become a lecturer, you’ll need a degree in the area you want to teach. You may even need a PhD or be working towards one, also in the area you want to teach. Some universities require lecturers to have a teaching qualification, such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE). For vocational courses, they may ask you to have several years of practical experience in the field.

Top companies hiring for a lecturer

University of Exeter, University of Portsmouth, University of Oxford, Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University

Median hourly salary: £17.97

What does a maths teacher do? 

A maths teacher may work in a secondary school setting teaching maths to year 7-11 students. Or, they may teach privately. The responsibilities of a maths teacher include preparing lessons, sourcing resources to support lessons, teaching in class, marking homework and assessments and supporting students. 

How can I get a job as a maths teacher?  

To be a maths teacher, you’ll need a bachelor's degree in mathematics or a related subject and have gained a Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). Studying for a QTS takes around 12 months. 

Top companies hiring for a maths teacher

Randstad Education, Tuition Extra, Engage Education, ABS Teachers

Median hourly salary: £13.46

What does a research assistant do? 

Research assistants are needed in various sectors by public institutions (universities) and private companies. A research assistant will assist on a research project by collecting, compiling and analysing data, preparing reports and maintaining records.  

How can I get a job as a research assistant?  

Most employers require research assistants to have an undergraduate degree in the subject  you want to research. Some will ask that you have a minimum 2:1 degree.  

Top companies hiring for a research assistant

University of Glasgow, Kings College London, Newcastle University, BioTalent, Durham University 

4. Tutor

Median hourly salary: £11.96

What does a tutor do? 

A tutor provides extra learning support to children and adults either privately in their home or at a tuition centre. This can be on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting. Tutors may choose to focus on one area, like maths or English, or provide all-around educational support. 

How can I get a job as a tutor?  

You don’t need a qualification to be a tutor, but knowledge in the area you want to teach will help. Most employers will require you to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you can work with children. 

Top companies hiring for a tutor

Explore Learning, Belle Vue School, Connex Education, Monarch Education, Randstad Education 

5. Driver

Median hourly salary: £11.00

What does a driver do? 

A driver is responsible for picking up goods from a supplier and delivering them safely and on time to customers. The products you transport can vary and could include food, furniture, construction materials, etc. 

Drivers may be required to cover a long distance and depending on the company you may have to drive abroad. 

How can I get a job as a driver?  

To work as a driver, you’ll need a full, clean driving licence. To drive a vehicle that can carry between 3.5 to 7 tonne, you’ll need to pass the Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) medical, theory and practical test. 

Top companies hiring for a driver

Just Eat, Workchain, Ferguson Transport & Shipping, Iceland 

6. Coach

Median hourly salary: £10.49

What does a coach do? 

A coach tends to work in three areas; athletics, health & wellbeing and careers. A coach's responsibility is to inspire and motivate the person they’re coaching to achieve their potential. They do this through teaching specific training techniques that are relevant to the person they’re helping. A coach may also offer psychological support and teach confidence and motivational techniques. 

How can I get a job as a coach?  

To work as a coach, you’ll need a degree or experience in the area you want to specialise in. For example, if you’re going to be an athletics coach, employers may ask you to have an undergraduate degree in sports science. 

Top companies hiring for a coach

Premier Education Group, The YOU Trust, Liva Healthcare, Turning Point 

Median hourly salary: £9.97

What does an English teacher do? 

An English teacher usually works in a secondary school teaching English to year 7 to 11 students. English teachers help students become confident with the English language in a  written, spoken and reading format. 

Specific duties of an English teacher include researching topics/books to teach, plan lessons, support students in a class setting and on a one-to-one basis, teach the subject in class, set and mark homework and oversee assessments. 

How can I get a job as an English teacher?  

To work as an English teacher, you’ll need an undergraduate degree in English and have gained a Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). Gaining a QTS typically takes around 12 months.  

Top companies hiring for an English teacher 

Randstad Education, Engage Education, Language Trainers, ABC Teachers 

Median hourly salary: £9.96

What does a teaching assistant do? 

Teaching assistants tend to work in primary schools where they support children’s learning and assist the teacher. Some teaching assistants may be assigned to support an individual child who has additional learning needs. 

A teaching assistant’s duties may include setting up equipment in class at the start of the day, listening to children read, offering help to children in addition to the teacher, supervising children at play time or lunch and helping with school events like assemblies or external trips. 

How can I get a job as a teaching assistant?  

No formal qualification is needed, though individual local authorities or schools may have their own requirements. Teaching assistants do need to have a good grasp of Maths and English. A teaching assistant may choose to complete a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) course to teach a class unsupervised. 

Top companies hiring for a teaching assistant 

Randstad Education, The Education Staffing Partnership, Jigsaw Trust, Celsian Education 

Median hourly salary: £9.96

What does a brand ambassador do? 

A brand ambassador is a person that is hired by a business to promote its product or service to increase its brand awareness or sales. A brand ambassador may be someone famous who is paid to promote the product or service to their followers. They could also be someone who absolutely loves the company’s product or service and wants to promote it for free to their followers. 

A brand ambassador will get involved in marketing campaigns by promoting the product or service online, on social media or in-store. 

How can I get a job as a brand ambassador?  

A formal qualification isn’t needed to be a brand ambassador, but a general understanding of how marketing works will be beneficial. Companies tend to look for people who have an established social media following, who are confident working with the media and who have good communication skills. 

Top companies hiring for a brand ambassador 

Octopus Energy, Save The High Street Limited, TopCashBack, Fizz 

Median hourly salary: £9.01

What does a network technician do? 

A network technician is responsible for building, maintaining and making repairs to computer and network systems. Specific duties may involve working with the IT department to make sure software is correctly installed, ensuring the company’s network is protected against malware and cyberattacks and selecting the best equipment for the company.  

How can I get a job as a network technician?  

Employers may ask that you have an undergraduate degree in a subject like network engineering, computer science or software engineering. Some employers also offer apprenticeships which will involve on the job training and learning.  

Top companies hiring for a network technician 

Acuigen Ltd, Networkers, Exponential-e

Methodology

The UK’s Highest Paying Part Time Jobs ranking is based on salary data from part-time employees who reported their salary as hourly and worked in the UK from Jan 2020 to October 2020.

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