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Make $1k a day to sit on the sofa: Wild Aussie job offer

In a cost-of-living crisis, a $20,000 pay day could go a long way

A lot of Aussies are unhappy in their jobs, even more probably with their pay. Unemployment has risen and hustle culture means workers are putting in long hours to build their careers, but what if you could make $1,000 a day for sitting around?

Furniture and homewares platform Temple & Webster are searching for Australia’s first ‘chief cushiness officer’, and offering a fat wad of cash for it. $20,000 for 20 days of work to be specific.

But what does it involve? Temple & Webster Head of Design and Product, Roger Wei told Yahoo Finance the right candidate will “test 200 seats from our range of sofas and armchairs over 20 days”.

Job as couch tester illustrated by a woman sitting on a sofa with her feet up having a wine.
Jobseekers could make $1,000 a day sitting on a couch.

“We’ll be organising the plushest perches for our chief cushiness office to review against all the activities that we know Aussies value most when it comes to their sofa time; whether that’s binge-watching shows, eating meals, scrolling through socials or gaming,” he said.

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“$20K in today’s cost of living crisis could go a long way. Perhaps giving some the final part of their first home deposit, paying their weekly rent or even making a dent on some stubborn debt.”

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The average weekly earnings for an Australian working full time is $1,888.80, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Now, the tenure of this position is tight, but it’s still a significant cash boost if you had the time.

It could even be well worth taking your annual leave to snag the role, particularly considering it is so… well, ‘cushy’. Don't expect to be logging eight-hour days for a straight month either.

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“We embrace flexibility and we want to ensure the hours work for the right candidate, but the position will include 20 days of work over a six-month period,” Wei said.

So what to Temple & Webster get out of this? Social media action. You’d be working with their marketing team to create video content.

“We want to ensure our CCO is relaxed at all times, so we will handle any filming and editing so they can keep their feet up,” he said.

Wei is looking for someone “creative and fun” who can have fun with the role.

“Perhaps you’re a budding actor or comedian looking for a gig? Or maybe you’re a student who can wax lyrical about comfort and is looking for a side income? Maybe you’re a new mum looking to ease back into the workforce? If you’ve got the gift of the gab and love all things home-related, then we want to hear from you,” he said.