There’s a lot of domestic jobs that Aussies can’t really be bothered to do, so one won’t bat an eye for listings for plumbing work, cleaning or Sydney removals, but some are just outright strange, like picking belly button fluff, cakes shaped like people’s rear ends, and fake paparazzi.
According to job outsourcing platform Airtasker revealed that Aussies across the country posted 35,000 jobs to their platform, and, to little surprise, cleaning jobs are listed as the most outsourced jobs in the country.
Asides from the more ‘normal’ chores like Sydney removals, however, some Aussies put in for weird requests, with one user putting up a listing asking for someone to come in to pick their belly button fluff for $5, with another offering $120 for someone to bake a vegan butt cake, as in, as the caption described, as a vegan cake in the shape of a person’s behind.
Airtasker Founder and CEO Tim Fung says that it doesn’t end there, with tasks like bird washing or pretending to be fake paparazzi having been listed on the platform. He says that they see Aussies outsource a wide range of weird and wonderful task, and that he exalts this as Airtasker’s usefulness, as it connects people with someone with the unique skill set needed to help them get their issue dealt with.
There are, of course, more traditional jobs available on the platform, with the most popular being cleaning with 148,591 jobs outsourced in 2018, followed by removals at 122,140 listings, then handymen jobs at 93,961 listings, then gardening, trailing far behind at 48,043 listings.
Of the 35,000 that’s listed on Airtasker every week, data from the platform revealed that the ones most likely to outsource jobs are:
- Surry Hills;
- Bondi Beach;
- South Yarra;
- Point Cook;
- Randwick, and;
Mr. Fung says that these suburbs reflect an increasing population of Aussies who know how to value the time in their lives, and know what jobs they’re willing and/or able to do, and which tasks that they would rather leave to the experts.