Farm secretary Agricultural business administrator, rural business administrator
Farm secretaries are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business side of farms.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll usually need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths.
You’ll also need experience of office administration and knowledge of bookkeeping.
It may help if you've lived or worked on a farm.
You could take a college course in secretarial work, business administration, bookkeeping or accounting. You could also take a short course with the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators (IAgSA).
Lantra has more information about working in the farming industry.
2. Skills required
- IT skills
- spoken and written communication skills
- organisational skills
- accuracy and attention to detail
3. What you'll do
You’ll be responsible for budgets, accounting, recording and monitoring, and other financial aspects of a farm business.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- using tailor-made agricultural business software
- keeping records of livestock and crops, to help with planning future crop and stock levels
- applying for government grants and subsidies
- preparing farm business accounts and tax returns
- dealing with wages and personnel records
- costing, ordering and paying for equipment and supplies
- typing, filing and other general administrative tasks
- keeping up to date with farming, health and safety and tax laws
You might work full-time on a large farm or estate as a resident secretary, or you could be a freelance mobile secretary for more than one farm.
Starter: £16,000 to £24,000
Experienced: £24,000 to £30,000
Highly Experienced: Up to £37,000
You may earn less working as a resident farm secretary, but get free living accommodation or other benefits.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Part-time or freelance work for more than one employer is more common.
You'll need your own transport if you’re a mobile farm secretary, to travel between employers.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a farm manager.
You could also move into other types of rural business, like stables or countryside management, or use your business and administrative skills in other industries.
You may be interested in:
Last updated: 20 March 2017