Clerical or administrative assistants do a wide range of office work. They assist more senior members of staff with a variety of different tasks.
You could be:
opening mail and delivering it to the appropriate staff members
stamping or franking mail to be posted
using a computer to type documents such as letters and reports
answering the phone and covering reception duties
filing, photocopying and using the fax machine
at a meeting, taking minutes on a notepad and later typing them up on a computer
keeping accounts, preparing invoices, handling cash and processing wages
managing diaries and making travel arrangements for staff
using specialist software such as a customer relationship management system or finance packages.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries for clerical or administrative assistants in Scotland tend to be around £17,000 a year. This may rise to £24,000 a year with experience.
You could work within a wide range of different types of companies and organisations, for example engineering, commercial, legal, manufacturing or scientific firms.
You would be based in an office.
You would spend a lot of time working at your desk.
You would normally work Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.
You could be asked to work overtime.
You could go in straight from school, usually with 3 subjects at National 4 or 5 including English and Maths.
In other cases, you could take a full time course at college. Relevant courses include an NC or NQ (SCQF Levels 4-6), HNC (SCQF Level 7) or HND (SCQF Level 8) in administration or business before applying for a job.
There are often no formal entry requirements for an NQ or NC but some colleges may ask for 3-4 subjects at National 4 or 5.
Entry requirements for an HNC or HND are 1-2 Highers plus some subjects at National 4 or 5.
You could enter through the Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship (FA), which you can start in S5 and study at school and college. Entry requirements vary between colleges, but you usually need 3 subjects at National 5 including English and Maths.