What’s the Hardest Job in the World?

And why billions of women are working on it for free

A job advertisement from UK’s leading flower delivery network, Interflora, rocked the Times Newspaper last Mother’s Day.

Titled “Hardest Job in the World”, the ad’s purpose was to honor and recognize the contributions of mothers all over the globe.

From the look of it, I think this ad was inspired by “World’s Toughest Job”, a Mother’s Day campaign launched by Mullen last year.

So what are the requirements?

The Hardest Job in the World requires its potential hires to work for a whopping 119 hours a week. On top of that, applicants must possess impeccable time management skills and unlimited patience.

Candidates are also expected to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How about the job description?

Candidates who are hired in the Hardest Job in the World will be “responsible for dealing with UNREASONABLE demands. They are expected to work in a busy schedule, doing multiple tasks at the same time when needed.

The work environment is chaotic so successful candidates must know how to organize and work efficiently despite the circumstances.

What’s in it for me?

The annual salary of the Hardest Job in the World is about US $260,000. This figure was calculated according to what a mother would earn if she worked as a teacher, personal assistant, chauffeur (and other jobs) for 40 hours a week.

What’s the Hardest Job in the World?

In conclusion, let me quote a portion of the job post:

“The hours are long, some days you won’t get time to ear, you’re unlikely to ever have a full night’s sleep and you won’t get to take any holiday. But as well as being the hardest job in the world, this role is one of the most rewarding too

And mothers, you know why.


Written By

Norberts Erts

HR Degen and Product Marketing Manager at Sage. Former Co-founder of HR software company CakeHR (acquired by The Sage Group plc in 2019). Keep a sharp eye on HR, marketing, business, finance, science, technology, and the connections between them.