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Administrators are employed by local authorities (county, district, borough and metropolitan councils) to undertake a variety of administrative, secretarial, financial and human resources tasks.
Local governments employ nearly 2,500,000 people in the UK.

What does a local authority administrator do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Administrators have a key role to play within the work of local authorities.

Duties may also include:

  • writing correspondence
  • filing
  • answering telephone calls
  • organising meetings
  • producing agendas
  • taking minutes
  • servicing committee meetings
  • helping to formulate and implement council policies
  • researching and writing reports
  • supporting staff
  • liaising with contractors, private companies, partnerships and other organisations
  • financial or accounts administration

There are good opportunities for career progression via promotion into senior administrative and managerial roles, or movement between departments. There may also be opportunities for employees to take the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators' examinations.

Typical employers of local government administrators

Jobs are advertised by recruitment agencies and careers services, in local, regional and national newspapers, on local authority jobs lists, on websites such as LGjobs and in relevant publications including Opportunities and The Municipal Journal, plus their online equivalents.

Job shadowing, networking and speculative applications are advisable, for which the Municipal Yearbook may be a useful source of contact information.

Qualifications and training required

A degree in any subject is acceptable, although a legal, government and politics, business studies, management or social and public administration qualification may be helpful.

Candidates possessing relevant clerical, administrative or local government work experience are normally at an advantage.

Key skills for local government administrators

  • Good numerical skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • IT skills
  • Secretarial and administrative skills

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