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Data entry clerk Typist, audio typist, copy typist

Data entry clerks type information into databases and systems and create letters, reports and other documents.


Salary, a pound sign Salary: £12,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths will help.

Office experience could also help you get a job.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • IT skills
  • typing accuracy and speed
  • efficient time management skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • entering personal details of customers into a database
  • entering information for classified adverts in a newspaper
  • transferring paper-based market research results
  • updating patients' medical records
  • processing invoices

4. Salary

Starter: £12,000 to £15,000

Experienced: £16,000 to £20,000

Highly Experienced: £21,000 to £25,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You'll spend most of your time at a computer in an office.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a supervisor or team leader. You could also train and mentor new employees.

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Last updated: 01 June 2018

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