Admin, HR, legal

Admin assistant

Admin assistants give support to offices by organising meetings, typing documents and updating computer records.

Annual Salary

£14,000 to £30,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 2% fewer Admin assistant jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

You could work anywhere from a small business to a large employer like the civil service or NHS. Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • dealing with queries on the phone, by email and social media
  • greeting visitors at reception
  • typing letters and reports
  • updating computer records
  • printing and photocopying
  • ordering supplies
  • setting up meetings and taking notes during them
  • making travel arrangements for staff

Entry requirements vary between employers.

Some employers may expect you to have:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including maths and English
  • telephone, typing or IT skills

Experience of temping could lead to a permanent job. Qualifications in business administration may also help.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

£14,000 to £30,000

Starter salary: £14,000 to £18,000

Experienced salary: £19,000 to £23,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You'll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You'll work in an office at a computer.

With experience, you could progress from admin assistant to supervisor or office manager. You could also move into other departments such as IT or accounting.

With further training, you could specialise in an area like legal, financial or medical administration.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • organisational skills
  • IT skills
  • number skills
  • excellent level of English spelling and grammar
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