soft job

soft job

A job that is easy and stress free. I've really got a soft job managing this toy store—I get to just sit around playing with toys all day! The foreman's sure got a soft job, don't you think? We're the one's breaking our backs, he just tells us what to do!
See also: job, soft

soft job

An easy job or task, as in He really has a soft job-his assistants do nearly all the work. This colloquial expression uses soft in the sense of "involving little or no hardship or discomfort." It was first put as soft employment in 1639.
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It just goes to show how out of touch these vastly-overpaid, overhyped, football people are, when they can't tell the difference between a well-paid soft job and real hard work.
It's a noble goal, but with shrinking aid and a soft job market, this may potentially result in even more dropouts--far beyond the forecast in a college's enrollment report.
George has already angered fellow inmates by lining up a soft job in the canteen.
The resulting credit freeze, lack of spending and soft job markets has pushed the country into what some experts fear will be a prolonged recession.
Still, help-wanted is forecasted to slow this year as a result of a soft job market.
Meanwhile, the Retail Forward Index of Future Spending, which predicted declines in retail sales and consumer confidence in September, cites soft job growth and economic uncertainty for consumer apprehension about spending.
Concerns related to North Korean nuclear advances and the soft job market in South Korea contributed to a slump in consumer spending over the past 18 months.
Confronted with declining investment markets, soft job prospects and increased healthcare costs, American workers have been cutting back on their 401(k) plan savings, according to an annual survey by PlanSponsor magazine.
Aviation Week, the Pravda of the defense industry, recently noted, "Senior officers from both services believe that A16s will be capable of performing [close air support], but junior officers see the aircraft as less capable than the A10 in this role and more suited to interdiction.' Translated, that means the deskbound brass in Washington, whose next career move will be early retirement to a soft job with a contractor, believe, as usual, that no cost is too high and no plan too complex; field-grade officers, whose next career move could be putting their backsides on the line in combat, want weapons that work.
Staff-related costs were, however, unchanged from last month, "again reflecting a relatively soft job market".
'Swinging the lead' was considered a soft job. When a ship approached an unfamiliar shore, a trusted sailor would be positioned in the bow to drop a marked line, weighted with lead, and call out the depth of the water.
"The soft job growth underscores that GDP growth has also disappointed by tracking just below 2% in [the third quarter].
On the sales side sagging consumer confidence, reflecting the lackluster economy and soft job market, appears to be causing shoppers to spend less on their food purchases."
An impressive pounds 6.25 million a year for a soft job with a New York investment bank, in fact.