Farm secretary Agricultural business administrator, rural business administrator
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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.
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Last updated: 11 September 2018