A secretary or administrator provides both clerical and administrative support to professionals, either as part of a team or individually. The role plays a vital part in the administration and smooth-running of businesses throughout industry.
Typical work activities
Common tasks for the majority of secretaries/administrators include word processing, audio and copy typing, letter writing, dealing with telephone and email enquiries, creating and maintaining filing systems, keeping diaries, arranging meetings and appointments and organising travel for staff.
Depending on the sector, the role may also include, using a variety of software packages, such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel, Access, etc., to produce correspondence and documents and maintain presentations, records, spreadsheets and databases and devising and maintaining office systems as well as booking rooms and conference facilities and many more.. some of the other duties may include, recruiting, training and supervising junior staff and delegating work as required.
Salary and conditions:
Jobs in the media, not-for-profit sectors and small organisations are at the lower end of the pay scale. Employment in banking, finance and law firms tend to be at the upper end. Expect £13,000 to £18,000 for roles outside London; £17,000 to £22,000 in London however after substantial experience and with increased responsibilities, salaries can rise to £25,000 - £30,000..