The editorial assistants role is to support senior editorial staff in terms of administration, planning, commissioning and general production of books, magazines, websites and other publications. The job can entail a wide range of tasks, such as dealing with royalties, hiring writers and photographers " and doing more straightforward jobs such as filing and photocopying.
The recruitment agencies listed on this page have a depth of experience when it comes to placing suitable candidates into editorial assistant vacancies.
A number of degrees may be acceptable for becoming and editorial assistant, including journalism, communications, media, as well as art and humanities subjects, and social/business related subjects. Entry may also be possible with a relevant HND, but graduates are often preferred.
Personal qualities are also very important for this role. Excellent interpersonal and self-motivational skills, knowledge of IT and a very high level of spoken and written English are necessary. Proof reading, time management and a general enthusiasm are also important qualities.
Starting salaries can vary, usually from £14,000 to £20,000. As experienced is gained, salaries will rise. The average publishing salary is £26,000 per year. Many jobs are in-house, but with a steady increase in digital publications, many roles can now be carried out from home.