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Best-paid part-time jobs for students

We know which jobs pay the most for graduates, but how can you earn top dollar as a student? We've got the stats to help you choose where to work.

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There are plenty of ways to make money as a student, but there's no substitute for a good old-fashioned part-time job. In fact, our Student Money Survey revealed that 67% of you depend on one to fund your everyday living costs.

Aside from the fact that employment is usually a more steady source of income than most of our easy ways to earn some cash, adding some experience to your CV will help you to stand out in a crowded and competitive job market.

But what are the best paying part-time jobs for students? And which cities are the best place to be looking for work? Well to answer those very questions, CV-Library analysed 3,000 part-time jobs across the UK, so let's see what they said!

The work may not be quite as reliable as some the jobs on this list, but becoming a pet sitter could make you some serious cash!

10 high paying part-time jobs

  1. Cleaner

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    Average hourly pay: £8.84

    In terms of qualifications and experience, this is probably one of the easiest part-time jobs to get as a student. And if you're a bit of a Marie Kondo, this'll satisfy all your shirt-folding needs.

    As with all part-time jobs, previous experience as a cleaner will put you ahead of other candidates. But if you can show your potential employer that you've got a good eye for detail, are punctual and can be flexible with working hours, there's a high chance you'll get the green light.

    There are a few ways you can go about getting a part-time job as a cleaner. You can sign up to an agency that specialises in cleaning work and sends cleaners out to hotels, offices, shops and other similar places. Or you could put an ad up around uni, in shops and supermarkets or trawl the internet the good old fashioned way!

  2. Waiting/Front of House and Bar Staff

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    Average hourly pay: £9.04

    Waiting on people or working behind a bar will definitely keep you fit! You get to meet loads of people too, so if long hours on your feet don't put you off, hospitality might be one for you. The hours are fairly flexible and, if you finish early enough, you can usually join your mates on their night out afterwards.

    On top of your wages, most places will let you keep your share of the tips too. Tips will generally be more if you're a waiter or waitress in a restaurant than if you're working behind the bar at a pub, as people tend to tip for food more generously.

    You could also sign up to an agency specialising in hospitality recruitment if you fancy a bit of variety – you could end up handing out the champagne at a swanky ball or fashion show!

  3. Kitchen Porter

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    Average hourly pay: £9.27

    Being a kitchen porter is hard work, but it can actually be great fun if you enjoy working in a team. As with other hospitality jobs, there's usually free food up for grabs once your shift ends too!

    Pubs, restaurants, hotels and cafes always need pot-washers. If you're thinking about going into the culinary industry, this is definitely one way to get your foot in the door.

  4. Retail Assistant

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    Average hourly pay: £9.39

    If you don't fancy a part-time job where you're sat around all day, a job as a retail assistant might be right up your street.

    We're not gonna lie to you, this job does require you to have a good amount of patience when it comes to customers. But working in retail does come with pretty flexible hours, and you can work during the hols too. It's also a great way to develop your interpersonal skills and truly master the art of multitasking.

    Oh, and you might be able to get some sweet employee discounts too. 😎

  5. Exam Invigilator

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    Average hourly pay: £9.82

    To be an exam invigilator requires... well, exams. So, unsurprisingly, this position isn't available all year round. But if you can land a position as an exam invigilator during exam season, this is a pretty sweet deal.

    School exams tend to coincide with university "study breaks" and this gig should leave you plenty of time to get your coursework done/enjoy half-term socials too! You'll be supervising GCSE and A Level exams so your shifts will depend on their schedule. Full training is generally provided on-site, not that we imagine it'll be too complicated...

  6. Labourer


    Average hourly pay: £9.97

    The term labourer covers various sectors. You could be screwing lids on toothpaste, working in construction, trimming hedges, washing windows...

    If you're not keen on working in an office, this is a great way of finding work outdoors. It will involve a lot of manual work, so be prepared to get your hands dirty!

  7. Receptionist

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    Average hourly pay: £10.18

    There are receptionist positions available for days, and going through an agency is a good way to find a gig.

    Being a receptionist involves doing stuff that you do on the reg anyway, like answering the phone, accepting deliveries (we see you, ASOS fiends) and replying to emails.

    You could be working anywhere from a hotel to a law firm, but wherever it is, you'll have to look professional. Being a receptionist is a great way to meet people in the industry you'd like to work in one day, so look out for positions that are available at companies you'd be interested in working for in the future!

  8. Customer Service Assistant

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    Average hourly pay: £10.41

    Ah, customer service. The traditional home of students seeking to add to their Maintenance Loans. And at more than a tenner an hour, you can see why it's so popular!

    Hours will mostly be 9 to 5, although some companies may ask you to work shifts spanning over more antisocial hours. You could be helping customers with refunds or other queries, so being a people-person is a big help.

  9. Administrator

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    Average hourly pay: £10.89

    A role as an administrator is great for those who seek experience in an office environment.

    Tasks in admin roles vary, so you could be doing anything from managing diaries, taking phone calls, filing, greeting people or sending emails. You'll also be able to add 'organisation', 'communication' and potentially 'office admin software' to the list of skills on your CV.

    And there's always loads of different administrator roles available across industries so you'll likely have your pick of the litter!

  10. Telesales

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    Average hourly pay: £12.00

    Love people? Got the gift of the gab? Then look no further, as this is the role for you. And aren't you lucky, it's the best-paid part-time job for students out there!

    Bear in mind that shift patterns do vary in telesales: one week you might be asked to work every day, and the next just one or two. But, this could be an ideal situ as flexible work patterns will allow you to balance out work and studies and everything in between!

    And did we mention that some companies offer additional bonuses if you do particularly well at bringing customers in?!

So now you know which industries to look for jobs in, what's stopping you? Use our part-time job search!


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