Administration and Management

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If you have good organisation skills and enjoy taking responsibility and communicating with people, then a job in administration or management could be a good career for you. 

Administration and management jobs exist in all industries, both public and private sector.

Funding cuts in recent years have meant downsizing in the public sector. In December 2016, 542,500 people were working in the Scottish public sector, a decrease of 2,600 (-0.5%) from the same period in 2015. Despite this public sector employment still accounts for 20.9% of total employment.

What areas can I work in?

The jobs and courses for this career area are in four sectors: general administration and management; economics; human resource management; and public services administration.

There are a wide range of specialisms in this career area, from medical secretarial work to academic administration in colleges and universities. You could become a personal assistant to a business director or a project manager in IT or finance.

What kind of companies can I work for?

You could be working in just about any type of company or organisation, for example a construction firm, car dealership, hotel, local council or hospital. 

There is a large administration and management workforce in the public sector, where you could be working for: 

What’s the job market like?

As at December 2016, the number of administrative and secretarial employees in Scotland was at 264,600, compared to 291,860 from the same period in 2015. This is in line with predictions of net job losses in recent years across the UK, for the period 2014-2024.

The number of managers, directors and senior officials employed in Scotland as at December 2016 was 225,600, a rise from 22,100 from the same period in 2015. Again, this is in line with UK projections of jobs increasing in this area between 2012 and 2024.

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Want to find out more?

If you are looking for a career in the public sector, the Civil Service Apprenticeship scheme is a great place to start. You can apply for one of two levels of apprenticeship, where you would be placed in one of the many roles within government departments and work towards a certified qualification.

SkillsCFA website provides information about skills and qualifications in the workplace for administration and management careers.


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Career Sectors

Administration and Management General


Human Resource Management

Public Services Administration