Top 3 UK Jobs for Lazy People

Billionaire tycoon Bill Gates states: “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” Not only is this a highly logical approach to take, it is good news for all the lazy people out there who want to earn big money but do little work to earn it! To help you endorse your lazier side whilst earning an income, we have found the top three jobs in today’s market, which arguably use the least amount of physical labor.

Games Tester

The role of games tester - according to the BBC - is well suited in the list of jobs related to laziness. Game designer Andy Lee Chaisiri describes his team as “intelligent, but very lazy.” Despite this, the opportunity to make a high level of income is certainly achievable.

The National Careers Service provides the following information:

  • Starting salaries range between £12,000 and £18,000 a year
  • With experience, earnings could reach £25,000 to £30,000 per year
  • Games tester position are available to candidates who not already qualified as an artist or programmer

This information indicates that games tester jobs can offer a great entry point for people of lower experience levels while providing a generous salary in an environment many consider as “leisurely activity”.


Described as a decisive contender in the list of lazy jobs; Yahoo Finance describes the role of a librarian as an “easy job, where you just have to sit and raise your eyebrows”.

There are many routes into this profession. The Chartered Institute of Librarians suggests 10 key areas in which to apply within the sector:

  • Assistant Librarian
  • Librarian
  • Cataloguer
  • Head Librarian
  • Information Adviser
  • Manager
  • Academic Support Librarian
  • Learning Resource Manager
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Trainee

Albeit a job many may refer to as to as a ‘lazy position’, the sector adopts a structured approach to employing staff responsible to archive recent and historical publications. In addition, National Careers Service reports that starting salaries begin at £19,500 per year, rising to £29,500 with experience.


Matthew Kuzma from Quora Knowledge Source wrote: “My personal opinion is that the best possible job for someone who is intelligent but lazy would be to be a professional ‘expert’ at something, to get paid to just share your thoughts and opinions about things with people who will do the heavy lifting.” He advises hopefuls to “identify the activities you don’t consider work and find a career that will pay you for those.

The MCA explains the UK consultancy sector to show:

  • Industry worth of £8.5 billion
  • Employs more than 80,000 consultants
  • A broad range of services: defining strategies, implementing large-scale IT and change programmes, coaching individuals and teams to providing expert advice

Despite the ideology of a consultant sitting back in their seat clicking a pen, the MCA states “consultants help take organisations further than they would go on their own” which is also why so many consultancy positions are well paid. Starting salary for an Image Consultant for example being at a very rewarding £30,000 per year!

If you are adverse to hard work and manual labour, why not follow the career path of one of these ‘lazy’ yet lucrative professions. 





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