Civil Service Administrative Assistant and Officer

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Civil Service administrative assistants and officers carry out clerical and administrative work in central government offices and agencies. They help to make sure that government policies are developed and put into effect.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries vary depending on which department you are working for. Administrative assistant pay scales can be in the region of around £15,000 to £20,000 a year. Administrative officer pay scales can fall between £18,000 and £21,000 a year. There is a wide range of benefits including a good pension scheme.


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Job Outlook Scotland



Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland

1.2 %

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

Civil Service jobs are in a range of government agencies and departments such as tourism, child protection, statistics or sea fisheries within the Scottish Government. Most are in Edinburgh but some are in Glasgow or elsewhere.

With the exception of Fast Stream graduate entry (see the job profile for Civil Service Administrator - Fast Stream) and Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme, there is no central recruitment to the Civil Service. Each Government department and agency manages its own recruitment.

The Civil Service Recruitment website noted below provides general information on careers in the Civil Service. You can get information on the wide range of government departments and agencies from that website and from the GOV.UK website, also noted below.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Civil Service Jobs


This website gives information about all government services and departments.

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Career Sectors

Administration and Management General


Human Resource Management

Public Services Administration