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Types of job or work

baby

noun

a project or piece of work that you care about a lot, especially because it was your idea

busywork

noun

work that makes you look as though you are very busy when in fact you are achieving nothing

calling

noun

a job or profession, especially one that you consider important

child labour

noun

the employment of children, especially children who are legally too young to work

chore

noun

an ordinary job that must be done regularly

consultancy

noun

the work of a consultancy company

cover

noun

an arrangement in which a person does the work of someone who is away from work

day job

noun

the main job of someone who is also trying to succeed in some other career such as singing or acting

dead-end job

noun

a job that provides you with no chance of getting a better job

desk job

noun

a job that you do in an office working at a desk

errand

noun

a small job that involves going to collect or deliver something

internship

noun

a temporary job that a student or recent graduate takes in order to get experience in the area they want to work in

labour of love

noun

work that you do because you enjoy it or think it is worth doing, and you do not do it for financial gain

liaison

noun

the job of exchanging information about the work of an organization with people who are affected by it

make-work

noun

work that is given to someone so that they have something to do

mission

noun

an important piece of work that a person or group of people has to do for a government or large organization, especially one that involves travel

moonlighting

noun

the activity of working at a second job in the evenings or at weekends without telling the tax authorities

niche

noun

a job or activity that you are good at and that is very suitable for you

outwork

noun

work done for a company by someone in their own home

paper round

noun

the job of delivering newspapers to a group of homes, or the group of homes that someone has to deliver newspapers to

paper route

noun

a paper round

paperwork

noun

the part of a job that involves producing reports, keeping records, and writing letters

piecework

noun

work that you are paid for doing according to the number of pieces of work that you complete rather than the amount of time it takes to do it

pink-collar

adjective

pink-collar workers do work with low pay that is traditionally done by women, especially young women. Some people find this expression offensive

posting

noun

a job that someone is sent somewhere to do, usually in another country

project

noun

a planned piece of work that has a particular aim, especially one that is organized by a government, company, or other organization

project

noun

a piece of work that involves collecting detailed information about something

secondment

noun

a period when you are sent by your employer to work for a different organization or a different part of your organization

shift work

noun

a pattern of work in which you sometimes work during the day and sometimes during the night

sideline

noun

a job that you do in addition to your main job, in order to earn extra money

sinecure

noun

a job that pays you a regular salary but for which you do not need to work hard

teamwork

noun

work that you do together with other people

teleworking

noun

the activity of working at home on a computer and communicating with an office or customers by telephone, fax, or email

vocation

noun

a job that you do because you feel it is your purpose in life and for which you have special skills

work experience

noun

a period of time that someone, especially a young person, spends working somewhere in order to get experience of a particular type of job

zero-hours contract

noun

an employment agreement in which a person only works when the employer needs them and so has no regular or guaranteed amount of work or working hours

self-employment

noun

telecommuting

noun

jobs for the boys

jobs that someone gives to their friends

Open Dictionary

chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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