When Jack Sherriff was told he was going to be a dad, he chose to take on a second job.
But the young Wagga man is not the only resident to roll up his sleeves for more than one trade.
More workers across the country are taking on two or more careers amid a growing casual workforce, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics
The 2016 census revealed more than 34 per cent of Wagga’s 29,838 workers were employed part-time.
This was an increase of more than 6 per cent across five years.
But even residents employed full-time were choosing to work additional hours on weekends and evenings, putting money aside for savings, houses and rainy days, according to Fairfax Media.
It found secondary jobs – previously the domain of retail and services workers – had increased 30 per cent among professionals, according to Fairfax Media.
Modern Primitive’s Jack Sherriff said every dollar counted.
It was the reason the body piercing guru said he decided to jump behind a coffee machine.
He said the only downside was the additional tax.
This was echoed by Ollies Security owner Oliver Hoffmann, who said many of his casual security guards had other jobs.
Business Chamber president Danielle Pascoe said the growing trend was an example of a more flexible workforce, which she added was mostly a good thing.
“We’re seeing more flexible working arrangements,” Mrs Pascoe said. “The landscape is definitely changing.”
She said outside of the income-tax hike, a growing number of part-time options gave skilled residents the opportunity to choose how they engaged in the workforce.
“Gone are the days of a job for life,” Mrs Pascoe said.