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Office manager

Office managers oversee the day-to-day running of an office or department.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need management experience to get into this type of work.

You may be able to start as an office supervisor or assistant within a company, then move up through training and promotion.

Some employers offer graduate training schemes. A degree in any subject may be acceptable but business management, business studies or business administration may give you an advantage.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • management, planning and leadership skills
  • IT skills
  • organisational ability
  • the ability to prioritise changing workloads
  • excellent communication and people skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • establishing policies and procedures for staff
  • developing quality control processes
  • carrying out staff appraisals, measuring performance and dealing with disciplinary issues
  • preparing reports and giving presentations to the senior management team
  • hosting visits by clients, and managers from other parts of the organisation
  • managing the office budget
  • supporting staff career development
  • attending conferences and training events

Your duties will vary depending on the size of organisation you work for. In a smaller office, you may also deal with staff recruitment and training.

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work about 40 hours a week. You may be on call if you're a keyholder for the office.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and training you could take on more responsibility for managing projects, or provide cover for senior management duties.

Other career options include moving into buying and procurement, financial management, business development and operations management.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016