So, you’ve got a bit of time on your hands over the Chinese New Year break. You’d like to make a bit of spare cash, but no, you’d rather not try to do so by gambling with a herd of shouting Chinese aunties and uncles.
Why not get out there and earn some extra cash? Here are some CNY part-time jobs in 2019 you might be able to snag while everyone else is on holiday.
7 Chinese New Year part-time jobs to earn spare cash
|Packer||$7 to $10 an hour|
|Event helper or promoter||$7 to $10 per hour|
|Banquet server (for reunion dinner day)||$10 to $12 per hour|
|Fast food server||$10 per hour|
|Drinks server in the casino||$7 per hour|
|Home cleaner||$10 to $12 per hour|
|Customer service associate||$8 to $10 per hour|
*Salaries are estimates and may vary depending on your experience.
Packer ($7 to $10 per hour)
If you would describe yourself as skinny and frail, this is probably not the job for you. However, the more robust amongst us can consider working as a packer during the CNY period. There’s a demand for drinks and orange packers, as sales of beverages and Mandarin oranges skyrockets thanks to families hosting and visiting relatives over the Chinese New Year period.
Your main job will involve packing and unpacking the products, but you might also have to do some loading and deliveries.
Some employers prefer that you be available to work all three days over the Chinese New Year period. The length of shifts varies depending on the employer and can be as short as 4 hours a day or as long as 9 hours a day.
Event helper or promoter ($7 to $10 per hour)
In the lead-up to Chinese New Year, businesses selling festive food and hampers will be marketing their products aggressively. That means many of them will be hiring event helpers or promoters to boost their sales.
As an event helper or promoter, you’ll be stationed at roadshows or retail outlets and will be tasked with promoting Chinese New Year snacks, nuts, hampers or Mandarin oranges. SunnyHills (pineapple cake shop) is also hiring event promoters. You’ll have to interact with customers, answer their queries and might also have some stock-taking duties at the end of the day.
Expect rather long shifts between 6 to 9 hours per day. You’ll also be expected to work retail hours, which means your day might start and end later than the average office worker’s, with some shifts stretching on till 10 or 11pm.
You’ll need to be available from mid January to early February, typically up to the eve of Chinese New Year. While some employers allocate shifts according to availability, others will require you to be available for blocks of 1 to 4 weeks at a time.
Banquet server ($10 to $12 per hour)
On the 4th of February this year, ie. the day before the first day of the Chinese New Year, families all over Singapore will book up Chinese restaurants and hotel banquet halls for their reunion dinners. And of course, the venues will need banquet waiters to serve them.
That means that there are one-day banquet server jobs available. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more long-term gig, the CNY period is a good time to get your foot in the door as venues are short-handed during this period.
This job pays quite generously compared to other part-time gigs. Your duties will include serving food and drinks and attending to guests. If you have prior experience as a banquet server, you’ll find it easier to get hired.
Fast food server ($10 per hour)
During the Chinese New Year period, most businesses in Singapore close for two or three days. But you can bet that many of your favourite fast food outlets will still be open. And they might even hire you during the three-day period from the 4th to 6th of February, as many of their regular staff leave on their CNY break.
Your duties will involve taking and serving orders. You’ll have to familiarise yourself with the outlet’s way of dispatching orders, such as where to get the food and drink items behind the counter and whom to communicate with when you need something. Fast food environments are very fast-paced, and you’ll probably need to go through some training before your job starts.
One advantage is that there’s a high chance you might be paid more than the usual wage for working over the CNY period.
Drinks server in the casino ($7 per hour)
Chinese New Year means brisk business for the local casinos, as Chinese Singaporeans gamble away their ang bao money.
With many of their usual drinks servers away during the festive period, the casino at Resorts World Sentosa might be looking to hire. Your main job will be to serve gamblers with drinks.
Shifts tend to be on the long side, at around 8 to 9 hours. One drawback is that you might have to work odd hours or the graveyard shift, since the casino is open 24/7. Transportation is usually provided if you knock off after public transport ends.
Home cleaners ($10 to $12 per hour)
In the week before Chinese New Year, many Chinese Singaporeans will be scrambling to clean their homes, not only so they look nice for their visitors during the festive season, but also because it’s taboo to “sweep away the luck” by cleaning during the New Year.
The demand for part-time home cleaners hits a peak before Chinese New Year, which also means cleaning companies will be hiring. Expect long shifts of at least 8-9 hours and a lot of moving around from one home to another.
It’s backbreaking work and not for the faint of heart, as you might have to breathe in the toxic fumes of strong cleaning products for hours on end. However, it also pays pretty decently for a one-off gig.
If you’re not intending to do this long-term, what you can do is to list your services on Carousell, or sieve through gumtree listings.
Customer service associate ($8 to $10 per hour)
Shopping malls often have promotions and giveaways during this period, so if you have good interpersonal skills and are able to multi-task, many shopping malls are looking out for customer service associates who can work over the holidays.
For instance, Katong V Mall is hiring customer service associates right now, offering up to $8/hour. You might potentially get more during the CNY period as well.
Have you ever worked in a part-time job during CNY? Share your experiences in the comments!
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