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Company secretary

Company secretaries make sure that directors follow company law and financial regulations.

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £70,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Company secretary jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • preparing annual company reports
  • administering share option schemes and paying dividends
  • advising directors and board members about their legal responsibilities
  • dealing with other professionals like lawyers and auditors
  • sending company information to Companies House or the Stock Exchange

Working environment

You could work in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • training with a professional body
University

You'll need a foundation degree or degree in a relevant subject like:

  • business
  • law
  • accountancy
  • public administration

You'll also need relevant business experience in areas like:pensions or insurance; personnel; accounts and credit control; purchasing; office management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You could start by doing a higher national diploma in business management or law before applying to join a company as a trainee company secretary.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma
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Apprenticeship

You may be able to become a company secretary by first qualifying as a solicitor through a degree aprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
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Other routes

You can take professional qualifications offered by [ICSA:

  • The Governance Institute | https://www.icsa.org.uk/professional-development/study] to become a company secretary.

You'll begin by doing the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme, which starts at foundation level. You can join at a more advanced level if you already have a relevant qualification, for example in law.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • To be the secretary of a public limited company (PLC), you'll need to qualify with ICSA: The Governance Institute or already be an accountant, solicitor or barrister.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join ICSA: The Governance Institute for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about how to become a company secretary from ICSA: The Governance Institute.

With experience you could become a company's chief executive or managing director.

You could also work freelance as a consultant or a part-time company secretary for several smaller businesses.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent written communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • business management skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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