Top 10 part-time jobs for the over 50s

If you’re looking for an opportunity to top up your pension, stay active in the community and learn some new skills, then a part-time role could be for you. During your career, you may have struggled to find a work-life balance, setting aside passions and interests in favour of job stability and progression. Or perhaps you’ve already retired, and miss the sense of purpose that comes from being at work. Whatever the reason, more and more people in their 50s and 60s are finding fulfillment from starting a new part-time career. We’ve pulled together a list of the Top 10 part-time jobs for the over 50s to get you started.

1. Travel Agent / Advisor

Travel agents help people find, plan and book dream adventures. Some people have been saving and planning trips for months or even years, so it can be rewarding seeing their excitement as you turn their plans into actions. There are also additional perks attached to the job, such as discounts on travel, upgrades and free trips. You will learn a lot about other countries and cultures as you will act as a knowledge base for customers, providing them with information about countries they want to visit. There are also opportunities to work and train abroad.

Travel companies such as TUI and Thomas Cook regularly look for Travel Agents and Advisors and you can set up notifications to let you know about new jobs in your local area.

2. Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer

If you’re fit and healthy and exercise regularly, there’s no reason why you can’t train to become a fitness instructor and start teaching classes yourself. Exercise is for people of all ages and will help keep you fit and active throughout retirement. You might want to teach a high-intensity aerobics class, or something more gentle and relaxed, like yoga. You can usually take on as many classes as you wish on a weekly basis, giving you complete control over your hours.

Companies like Move it or Lose it offer full training to become a specialist fitness instructor for older adults. It’s also never too late to become a personal trainer, helping people work out on a one-to-one basis. More and more people in their 50s and 60s are retraining and studying for fitness qualifications to take up this role.

3. Retail

A part-time role in retail is about far more than simply replenishing empty shelves or organising clothes by size, it’s a chance to build strong connections with people in your community. A customer facing role in your local high street helps you keep active, make new friends and find satisfaction in providing excellent customer service. You can also enjoy the perks of a staff discount and getting first dibs on popular items that sell out quickly. With a wide range of both roles and retailers, it’s up to you to choose something  that takes your fancy, whether it be food, clothing, furniture or something else.

4. Admin

Administrative assistants can apply for roles pretty much anywhere as all companies of a certain size will have administration that needs to be done. You get to meet many interesting people and there can be great satisfaction from knowing that you are helping the company run efficiently. The breadth of opportunity is also wide and varied with many administrative assistant roles now handling HR functions and managing budgets. You will learn a broad range of skills, and it’s likely your role will vary day to day. If you’re someone who loves being organised and are happy to play a supporting role, then why not start searching for admin jobs today?
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5. Tutoring

Tutoring a child or young person is an extremely rewarding way to give back to the community and usually has a great hourly rate. Private tutors typically earn between £20 and £40 per hour and get the chance to watch their student grow and progress with each tutoring session. There are opportunities to tutor individuals in most subjects, so you can choose your area and level of expertise. You may hold relevant qualifications in this area or you may have built up substantial knowledge in a particular subject area through other means. The number of hours you choose to work are completely up to you. The role is fully flexible and you can take on as little or as much work as you like. You can find everything you need to get started by visiting companies such as Tutorful and Tutorfair.

6. Childcare

If you enjoy being around children and don’t mind working flexible hours, this could be the role for you. You could look after children for a couple of days a week (either in your own home or in the children’s home) whilst their parents work, or on occasional evenings and weekends. This is a caring and supportive role where you will carry out tasks such as cooking and homework help. You will also have a close role with the parents – providing them with updates on their kids’ activities.

For this role you don’t require formal qualifications but are usually required to have a clean Ofsted DBS certificate and a full UK driving licence. Websites such as allow you to advertise yourself as a childminder or babysitter, so that local families can get in touch. Hours and pay are usually negotiated between yourself and the family.

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6. Dog Walking

Dog walking is the perfect part time job for people looking to get outdoors in the company of one or more furry companions. Wherever you live, the chances are there are dogs that need walking, so this is your opportunity to get out and about in your local community. You can also choose the hours that suit you.

There are several ways you can go about dog walking. You may be able to build up a client base in your neighbourhood through word of mouth, advertising in your local vet or leaflet dropping. If you don’t want to worry about having to find your own clients, you may also be able to get a part-time role with a local dog walking service or even head online and  find dogs that need walking nearby through a website like Tailster.

7. Consulting

This is a fantastic part-time career role for retired professionals who have spent many years in a corporate environment building up extensive knowledge and experience. As a part-time consultant, you will simply exchange your knowledge for money. It’s great for businesses as you can give them access to specialist knowledge and  advice without them having to take on an expensive full time employee. For example, a local company or an individual might need help updating their website every few months and will happily pay you to update it for them. You might well be surprised at how valuable your skills are to others.

Some businesses will hire part-time consultants directly, or you may decide to freelance by advertising your services online, so individuals approach you when they need you. For freelance opportunities, try starting with sites like Guru and Upwork to build up a client base.

8. Small Business Owner

If you’ve got a hobby or skill that has the potential to earn you some money, why not take the leap and give it a go?

For example, if you’re skilled in arts and crafts, you could hand craft items to sell at marketplaces or online. This could allow you to practice and develop your skills whilst earning. Becoming a small business owner is not a fast track to a large sum of money, but it’s a chance to take control of your retirement and reignite old passions.

Today, more than ever, there is a lot of support available in the UK for those who want to start their own business. If you are interested in learning more, you can start by reading the Government’s website ‘Expert advice on starting a business’ and remember, fortune favours the brave.

9. Film and TV Extra

Working as an extra for film and/or tv is an interesting and varied role that will allow you to see what goes on behind the production lines. You will be paid to simply be an extra body in film and/or tv shots. Maybe you’ll be a patient in the background at Holby City, or a random pedestrian strolling along Coronation Street.

You will get to learn about how film sets are run, as well as getting to meet with people from all walks of life. You don’t need to look like a model for this role – casting agencies accept people of all ages and backgrounds to reflect real life communities.

Casting agencies such as Extra People, Phoenix Casting and Mad Dog 2020 recruit extras around the country.

Don’t forget

Finding a part-time role that suits you may involve a bit of trial and error. Retirement is a great time to try something different and take on new and exciting challenges. If you don’t find the right role straight away, don’t give up – there’s something out there for everyone.

Looking for a new full-time career? You may want to read our article 10 Career Change Ideas for Over 50s.

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