Finance & accounting

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 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 5% more Company secretary jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You'll have a range of financial and legal management responsibilities, which would usually include:

  • 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

Depending on the size of company you work for, you may be responsible for payroll, budgeting and internal audits. You could also oversee health and safety, property and general management.

You'll usually need a degree or professional qualification in business, law, accountancy or public administration.

You'll also need a lot of relevant business experience, especially in areas like:

  • pensions
  • personnel
  • accounts
  • credit control
  • purchasing
  • insurance
  • office management

To be the secretary of a public limited company (PLC), you must qualify with the ICSA: The Governance Institute or be an accountant, solicitor or barrister.

£35,000 to £70,000

Starter salary: £35,000

Experienced salary: £50,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You'll usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday, though you may have to attend evening meetings. Part-time work may be available.

You'll be mainly office-based, but may travel to some meetings.

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:

  • excellent communication skills
  • presentation, organisational and time management skills
  • sound judgement and the ability to solve problems
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