Project Support jobs take a little of the responsibility off the project manager. They operate under the same project management principles, but it is a more junior, enabling role.
Project Support Officers will be expected to be able to organise themselves and other people, take meeting notes, and use Microsoft Office and similar programs to create documents, presentations and databases. Their tasks of employment may range from organising meetings, to making tea and coffee; creating and maintaining databases, to identifying and highlighting issues for senior staff.
Project Support jobs can be found within many organisations, from engineering companies to health, including the NHS. Salaries fall between £17,500 p.a. and £25,000 p.a. depending on the assumed pay scale for the activities for the specific job.
Qualifications are not always necessary. In many cases, staff find that their previous experience makes them suitable for project support work and some jobs evolve into that style of working over time. Recruitment agencies are often prepared to push someone who has strong administrative skills into project support, and there is plenty of scope for progression into project management. However, the Prince 2 qualification often trumps experience and is a very useful qualification in a practical sense.