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Admin assistant Office administrator, clerical assistant, administrative assistant

Admin assistants give support to offices by organising meetings, typing documents and updating computer records.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary between employers.

Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs (A* to C) including maths and English. Employers might also test your 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

You'll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

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: 13 April 2017