Admin assistant Office administrator, clerical assistant, administrative assistant
Admin assistants give support to offices by organising meetings, typing documents and updating computer records.
1. Entry requirements
Entry requirements vary between employers.
Some employers may expect you to have:
- GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including maths and English
- telephone, typing or IT skills
Experience of temping could lead to a permanent job. Qualifications in business administration may also help.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- organisational skills
- IT skills
- number skills
- excellent level of English spelling and grammar
3. What you'll do
You could work anywhere from a small business to a large employer like the civil service or NHS. Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- dealing with queries on the phone, by email and social media
- greeting visitors at reception
- typing letters and reports
- updating computer records
- printing and photocopying
- ordering supplies
- setting up meetings and taking notes during them
- making travel arrangements for staff
Starter: £14,000 to £18,000
Experienced: £19,000 to £23,000
Highly Experienced: up to £30,000 (office manager)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You'll work in an office at a computer.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress from admin assistant to supervisor or office manager. You could also move into other departments such as IT or accounting.
With further training, you could specialise in an area like legal, financial or medical administration.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017