Administration functions provide an important supply of jobs in Essex. The county's economy is service led and both public and private sector organisations require staff with secretarial and administrative skills.
The biggest source of employment in Essex is the public sector, which accounts for 26% of all jobs. Among the bodies that require large numbers of administration staff are Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the University of Essex, Mid-Essex Hospital Services and Colchester Hospital.
Many of the jobs in the private sector are with small and medium-sized enterprises that need strong all-rounders for administration roles. However, there is also a number of major employers, including London Stansted Airport, electronics company Telent, carmaker Ford and drinks company Britvic.
The majority of positions for administration staff in Essex are permanent and full-time, but there are opportunities for people who wish to work part-time hours or on a temporary basis. The county has a selection of specialist secretarial recruitment agencies that can find experienced staff for permanent jobs and supply skilled receptionists, audio typists and legal secretaries for short-term assignments.
Salaries for administration jobs in Essex are typically slightly above the national average, although considerably lower than in London. Secretaries can expect to be paid between £15,000 and £25,000 depending on experience, while remuneration packages for personal assistants can climb to £30,000.