Millennials Embrace Babysitting Jobs

      August 30, 2022 08:45

      Babysitting is becoming a popular part-time job among millennials. Once dominated by middle-aged and older women with experience raising children,the positions now attract a younger crowd who have embraced the gig economy. 
      Mom-Sitter, a child-minding service launched in 2016, has 690,000 members and 62.4 percent of them are in their 20s and 30s. Membership has doubled over the last three years. 
      The main attraction is that hourly pay is 30 percent higher than the minimum wage in most other part-time jobs.
      University student Kim Chae-rin (22) began working part-time as a babysitter two years ago. She worked other part-time jobs but babysitting "allows me to work in my free time between classes." 
      One staffer at a child-minding service said young babysitters "often care for preschoolers, playing with them and helping with their learning activities for three to four hours a day." If they have language or musical skills, they can earn between W10,000 an W60,000 an hour depending on experience (US$1=W1,350). 
      A Mom-Sitter staffer said, "Many mothers actually prefer babysitters in their 20s and 30s." 
      Choi Min-ji (24), a student majoring in musical composition, often babysits before her classes start at 9 a.m. "Parents like it when I take children to kids' cafes and play with them," she said. 
      Choi Ji-young (29) used to work at a daycare center but now works part-time as a babysitter. "I can make a living working just 20 hours a week as a babysitter," she said, "and I can work more if I need more money." 
      Jung Jae-hoon at Seoul Women's University said, "A low birthrate means families with only one child can afford to spend more on that child, which has created better conditions for babysitters and is attracting more people to the job."  
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