20 jobs that pay more than £20 an hour!


It can be hard to find a job that pays well.

Sure, you could fold T-shirts at a local shop to earn a few bucks. But how can you find a part-time job that will really take a bite out of your bills?

Here are 20 flexible jobs that pay over £20 per hour.


1. Graphic Design

An eye for design can earn you over £25 per hour on average. You’ll need good computer skills and a great eye for design to succeed at this.

Having a portfolio of your work or website and having recommendations from others are the best ways to get hired.

2. Massage Therapist

Earn your Certified Massage Therapist license, and earn money doing massages and working weary muscles.

You may be able to get part-time shifts at a local health club or work as an independent contractor through a local massage studio. You can earn nearly £60 per hour.

3. Landscaping

If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and putting in some physical work, landscaping can pay quite well. If you can operate heavy machinery, you can earn even more.

In my area, landscaping jobs often start at £20 or more per hour. But many of these opportunities are offered through word-of-mouth, so be sure to ask around.

Check Craigslist and local online pages for one-off jobs or contact a local landscaping company to see if they need an extra hand on weekends during their busy season.

Be sure you have all the licenses and insurance you need, and always be careful connecting with unknown clients.

4. Interpreter

If you’re bilingual or multilingual, consider offering your language skills as a translator. You can be an on-call translator for legal and medical services or set up steady gigs ahead of time.

Interpreters and translators earn a mean hourly wage of £25.

5. Sign Language Interpreter

Many events provide interpreters for their hard-of-hearing clientele. If you know sign language, look into opportunities translating on stage at events, in courtrooms and in classrooms.

If standing on stage isn’t your thing, look into opportunities to translate at mediation hearings and other smaller meetings. You can earn up to £40 per hour with this job.

6. Tutor

If you know your math, science and other subjects well, consider sharing your skills with students.

The more advanced and specialized the subjects, the more money you’re likely to earn. Advanced math and science courses typically earn the highest rates, which can be up to £85 per hour.

7. Personal Shopper

Busy people often need help shopping for gifts and other items. Working as a personal shopper and helping people select the best items is a great way to earn some extra cash. Plus, you can earn up to £25 per hour or more as a personal shopper.

If you’re looking to be a personal shopper who also works as a stylist, having a fashion background is key. You can often get your foot in the door working in a department store or boutique and then gain the skills to work on your own — where you can set your own rates.

8. Etsy Seller

Cash in on your crafty creations on Etsy. One woman earns £50,000 per month with her creations (which she now outsources to a team).

While you might not make quite that much, more than 30% of Etsy’s sellers make a living from their creative work.

9. App Designer

If you know your way around an app, consider designing one and cashing in. This can even be a form of passive income. This man earns over £6,000 per month.

10. Personal Chef

Cook up a storm and fill your pockets with cash by working as a personal chef. Set up a weekly job at someone’s house a few nights a week, cook a series of freezer meals for a client or work special events, crafting creations for individual tastes and needs.

Personal referrals are a great way to get these jobs, which pay an average of over £20 per hour (up to £40 per hour or more)

11. Caterer

When people have weddings and other large events, they’ll need a crew to help set up, serve and clean up after the meals. Be ready to work evenings and weekends for this job, and be prepared to work overtime for extra cash.

In my area, these jobs often start at £20 per hour, but they’re generally word-of-mouth. Ask around, check out Craigslist and ask local restaurants if they may need a hand with events.

12. Bartender

Pick up a few shifts a week as a bartender to round up some extra cash. Coveted weekend evening shifts are usually the most profitable and often go to employees with seniority, but you may be able to pick up a few.

Consider bartending at weddings and other events. You’ll need to have some experience and know how to mix drinks, and many states require bartenders to have a certification.

One London hotel starts bartenders at £26 per hour, which doesn’t include tips, overtime or other perks.

13. Personal Assistant

Drop off dry cleaning for your client, get their car’s oil changed, take their dog for a walk and pick up a birthday gift for their friend — these are just a few things you may do as a personal assistant.

But running these errands can pay off, with personal assistants earning up to £24.71 per hour

The best way to get the highest-paying jobs is generally through word-of-mouth. Posting an ad or answering ads on Craigslist and other job forums can also help connect you with people in need of assistance.

14. Waiter

Snag a job in a high-end restaurant and you can have an evening or weekend job that will pay off in serious cash tips. Serving generally pays the best, but hostessing or other jobs can also pay well.

In the town where I live, many professionals will even pick up a night shift or two during tourist season; they can earn hundreds of pounds an evening at some of the high-end restaurants in town.

15. Yoga Instructor

Teach yoga to aspiring yoginis to earn an average of £24.77, which can go up to up to £50 per hour.

To get started as a yoga instructor, you’ll need to take a teacher training class. The most basic is typically 200 hours and includes training, instruction and a final exam. You can then advance your skills with higher-level courses.

16. Fashion Consultant

An eye for fashion and cutting-edge styles will get you far as a fashion consultant. Many high-end clients want somebody to help them look sharp and trendy.

Personal referrals are a great way to get these jobs, which can pay £50 to £500 per hour according to one industry blog.

17. Dog Walker

Take pups out for their walks and earn money up to £20 per hour as a dog walker.

You can work for yourself or for a dog-walking company. You should have plenty of experience handling all different types of dogs, and be physically fit and able to confidently control the dogs when you’re out walking.

If you work for yourself, you can make the most at this job. If you can handle a few dogs at once, you’ll be able to earn even more. But be sure to have all the insurance you may need.

A good way to start is to advertise your services at local pet-related businesses, such as groomers, boarding facilities, doggie daycares and pet shops.

18. Makeup Artist

Style bridal parties’ makeup, prepare theatrical stars for their big performances and get people ready for special events as a part-time makeup artist.

You can make up to £48 per hour helping people get ready for their big event.

Jenner @thecrochetblog