As the UK's hub of commerce, London is home to thousands of companies, including many of the UK and Europe's biggest and brightest finance, insurance and legal services firms. All of these sectors require enormous amounts of administrative support, from temporary front of house staff, to experienced PAs. Real estate and recruitment are obviously also big business in London, and all of these companies need administrators to handle their paperwork. In short, there are a lot of admin employment opportunities in London.
To succeed in the average London admin role, you will need to be highly organised and a fast-worker. Thousands of graduates head to the capital looking for work every year, and the recent recession has often pushed people into applying for certain admin jobs they may otherwise be overqualified for. Candidates may need to be prepared to contact a number of recruitment agencies to find what they are looking for.
You can expect to earn more for admin jobs in London than elsewhere, but the inflated cost of living in the capital reflects this. Personal assistants can usually command between 25-30k per annum. Temporary administration roles usually pay around £9 or £10 per hour. Entry level roles, for example as a post room assistant, can appear for around £7 per hour, but most will pay more than that in the capital.
Often, some recruitment agencies will specialise in more highly-paid roles that demand more experience, while others work with temporary and entry-level posts. If you are an employer looking for an agency to handle your recruitment, it's worth looking at a few to consider which ones might be best placed to find your ideal staff.