Secretaries in London are earning slightly more than the national average at £27,400, making London one of the more attractive UK cities to find secretarial work. Given the huge range of administration departments across sectors within the capital, you can work as a Secretary in almost any area, for smaller offices or national companies and in the private or public sector.
Popular areas for secretaries in London include Legal Administration or working for Consultancy firms such as Strutt & Parker, Grant Thornton UK LLP and Kennedy Pearce Consulting, among others.
Typically, you will take charge of day-to-day administration tasks, working with the Office Administrator, to ensure the smooth running of the office and the successful processing of information. As a Secretary, you will work with a specific department to support the team in its daily activity. Tasks will include organising meetings - including liaising with other departments and external clients, monitoring email activity, re-formatting documents, answering telephone enquiries and providing assistance to guests and visitors. Administrative duties can also involve taking minutes in meetings, basic filing and the organisation of events.
The desirable candidate will need to be highly organised and an efficient worker to work to meet the team and the firm's internal deadlines. You should have good time management skills and in addition should also be a skilled communicator as you will be communicating both on the phone and via email. Normally a great deal of experience is not necessary for this role, however you should be fairly knowledgeable of your industry, be this law, accounting or consultancy in order to be able to stay on top of work and have a sound understanding of the company's targets and mission.
London is a desirable place to begin working as a Secretary due to the high volume of job opportunities it offers. You will have the unbeatable chance to explore the city whilst gaining essential administration, communication and secretarial skills. Another great city to explore a Secretarial role in is Glasgow.