AS we continue our campaign to Get Britain Working we have found 31,132 job opportunities for admin and office work. Photo: Skilled: Mohammed Khurram

We’ve had pens, notebooks and calculators at the ready as we delved into the world of administration.

We do the legwork and find out which sectors currently have vacancies, who is recruiting and where, and what it’s really like to work in the industry.

AS we continue our campaign to Get Britain Working we have found 31,132 job opportunities for admin and office work.

It’s no wonder – every business needs people to keep on top of the paperwork, make sense of the computers and man the phones.

And while you may not think you have the necessary skills, many companies are happy to train you to get you doing the job they want.

Whether you are looking for full or part-time work, or work from home, there are many opportunities.

Lauren Kilbey of Jobcentre Plus says: “Admin staff are the backbone of every business and even in these difficult times, there are still thousands of jobs on offer in the sector through recruitment agencies and Jobcentre Plus.”

The work suits many people regardless of age, qualifications or past careers and the ­opportunities are plentiful.

Lauren adds: “If you are organised, have an eye for detail and like being a team player, then a career in admin could be for you.

“With plenty of chance to progress and flexible entry level jobs on offer, the opportunities are huge for anyone looking for work.”
WORKER’S VIEW

Like so many other teenagers, Mohammed Khurram had no idea what he wanted to do when he left school at 16.

He started A-levels but after a year he knew he couldn’t bear to stay in the classroom.

“I’d never been very academic and all I wanted to do was get some proper work training and get my career started,” says Mohammed, 23, from Birmingham.

He went to see his local careers advisers who said he would be ideal for an apprenticeship.

“They put me in touch with a training provider but they also managed to help me find a job that tied in with a Business and Administration apprenticeship.

“It came together so well and I started in the office at logistics firm Europa Worldwide almost straightaway,” he says.

Mohammed fell straight into the work/study routine.

He explains: “At times it was hard but because the studying was relevant to what I was doing at work it all made sense to me.

“I was doing ­everything from basic administration such as filing and faxing, to getting to grips with Microsoft packages.

“It helped knowing that no matter where I went in my career I would always need the administration skills.”

Before long, he had passed his NVQ Level 3, won a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence last year and was asked to become an ambassador for apprenticeships.

His employers were so impressed they promoted him to become their first management trainee.

“It helped my confidence no end,” says Mohammed. “I found that I had no worries about managing older people – they respected me because of my training.”

He recently took the monumental decision to start a degree and began the foundation stage of a business management course. He also moved to Anglia Forwarding, where he works in European operations.

“Now I’m getting a gold-plated CV which will take me wherever I want to go.”
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

Jobcentre Plus (www.direct.gov.uk/jobseekers) has 20,628 jobs ranging from 2,572 receptionists and 6,592 general office assistants and clerks to 720 filing clerks and 1,484 stock control clerks.

These include a delivery admin clerk in Tewkesbury, Glos (£6.75), a shipping and logistics clerk in Seaham, Co Durham (from £16,000), a unit coordinator in Macclesfield, Cheshire (£8.01) and a traffic clerk in Larbert, ­Stirlingshire (£7.05).

Over at ­­www.fish4jobs.co.uk there are 2,644 positions such as a ­receptionist in London (£8 to £11), a PA in Birmingham (£24,000), an administrator in London (from £18,000) and a German-speaking ­bilingual secretary in London (from £12).

Another 6,154 jobs are on offer at www.reed.co.uk including an ­administrator in Wendover, Bucks, (from £16,000), an office coordinator in West London (from £14,000), an administrator in Seascale, Cumbria (from £8) and a PA in Leamington Spa, Warks (from £30,000). At www.hays.co.uk there are 531 ­administration jobs while www.adecco.co.uk is listing 256 office and secretarial jobs.

It’s also worth checking out the NHS at www.jobs.nhs.uk. We found 919 administrative and clerical jobs listed including an admin team leader in Southampton (from £18,652), an administration assistant in Lincolnshire (from £14,153) and an admin assistant in mental health in South Tyneside (from £14,153).
PAY

Salaries can be anywhere between £12,000 and £20,000 a year. ­

Receptionists can earn between £12,500 and £19,000 a year while ­secretaries range from £11,000 to £14,000 a year.

With experience this can rise to between £15,000 and £19,000, while personal assistants and secretaries with specialised duties (such as medical) can earn up to £25,000.