Yes, these are all high paying jobs in Singapore. Before you tender your resignation, keep in mind that most of them are one-day-only jobs
It was a usual dinner with my friends when the tiresome topic of occupations came up. Instead of divulging salaries and complaining about bosses, I was surprised to find the conversation centralized around the weirdest job positions they ever held. Get ready to go, “huh?”
1. Information Retriever: $10^ per information
This is a sticky occupation. While I found information and rates of the other professions in this post easily, this one was much harder to source. Further reading into this thread led me to discover the potential pool of customers he had as most users inquired about his services quickly. Some expressed their doubts but the majority seemed to have someone in mind they wanted more information on. Due to his account suspension, no further information could be derived.
Imagine paying a $10 minimum for each detail. A name could be $10, an address could be $50 and a work location could easily be $50.
2. Crowd Populators: $12^ per hour
This is growing in popularity for food establishments looking to launch their opening day with a bang. Now take a minute to recall the last time you saw a bakery open. Did you remember seeing a surge of crowd despite mentally dismissing the bakery as “yet another one” along a shop-house? Now think harder, who clapped the loudest and started the queue? There you go.
3. Traffic Watcher: $15^ per hour
Clocking in as much as $12-$15 per hour, this job is pretty much self-explanatory. Traffic watchers can grab a chair and sit near a traffic light while they record the cars that go by. Usually, the stints are in periods of two hours at two different points of the day.
If you ever see someone sitting by the pavement looking at your chair, don’t worry about his/ her sanity, worry that you are getting paid less than him/ her!
4. Queuer: $18^ per hour
I wish I was kidding. There exists people out there who are getting paid to queue. In fact, the market rate for them is no laughing matter too. When the iPhone 6 was slated to be released, my friend got a message asking if he’s willing to queue for eight hours at Bishan’s NuBox for $150. He even lamented that $150 was a rip-off and that some luckier queuers got offered $200.
5. Mystery Shopper: $25^ per store
Did you know mystery shoppers can get paid up to $25 for reviewing a store? Mega brands will offer you better rates for a more comprehensive review. What does it mean to review a retail store? Well, you would have to pretend to be a regular customer except that you have to take note of every single detail from item arrangement to staff service.
At the end of the day, you are required to purchase a product (on the company’s tab) and compile a report on your experience.
6. Product Tester: $30^ per hour
Pharmaceutical companies will offer each candidate a lump sum between $120 – $150 for a three hour session where you will be required to test their newest products on your face/ hands. There is a stringent hiring policy as most of these pharmaceuticals are giants in the market and each candidate has to sign a confidentiality contract prior to every session.
No remuneration will be provided if the products damage your skin.
7. Nude Photography: $150^ per session
This applies to nude photography for both art and commercial purposes. While we are certain that the rates for nude art photography is between the range of $150 – $170 after cross-references, our resources failed us reasonably for the nude commercial photography section. It remains a fact that the industry is growing, with BKL Light Studios at the helm of the trend.
Most of the models on their website are local Singaporeans, with a handful of Malaysians.
8. Hire-A-Boyfriend: $600^ per hour
A fairly stable market, this profession brings in the most, clocking in at an impressive $600 – $700 per hour. These men are hired mostly to convince worried parents that they are indeed the hirer’s significant other. Some men may even be paid higher, depending on their qualifications. If the men are to the women’s liking, they would be open to discuss price packages.
* Average salary of $2.4k derived from a 2013 publication from singstat.gov.sg
By Nicole Lee