Working within most industries and sub-sectors, administration personnel are responsible for carrying out the daily tasks that ensure the smooth operation of a company. Receptionists, secretaries, office managers and personal assistants can be employed in a range of business types and undertake tasks including organising appointments and data entry. Just under 10% of the Yorkshire region is employed in an administrative role and much of this is supported by local administration recruitment agencies who specialise at addressing the permanent, part time and contract staffing needs of their clients.
Administration / secretarial candidates can expect to work a standard 9-5 week, however the industry in Yorkshire is seeing an increase in the number of part time and flextime employees. The average salary for admin workers in the county is less than that of the rest of the UK, but can range between £16K-£25K per annum depending on the particular job role. Leeds is considered one of the country's biggest financial centres outside of London and this sector usually offers the highest pay for administrative professionals in the region.
The administration industry doesn't have particularly high entry requirements but candidates may find themselves starting in a more menial role. Non graduates are the most common entrants into the field, but they may be encouraged by their employer to gain an industry related qualification. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), offers a foundation course that provides candidates with a diverse selection of administrative skills that will make them suitable for a range of career paths. There are graduate routes into the industry though with a Bachelors in Business Administration or a similarly weighted degree proving helpful.
Admin and secretarial personnel are expected to be strong communicators whilst also possessing good IT and organisational skills. A Yorkshire administration recruitment agency will have access to candidates with both the necessary skills and characteristics to be an asset to their clients in Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Rotherham, Wakefield and the wider Humber and Ridings areas.