Local Government Clerical Careers

How to become Local Government Clerical

What does a Local Government Clerical do?

Local government clerical workers, or administrative assistants, assist administrators by undertaking the more routine aspects of the work of the department. They can be employed in all departments in a local authority, including, for example, housing, social services, education and planning. The work varies according to the department, but is likely to involve:

  • dealing with routine enquiries by phone, in writing or in person
  • filing and photocopying documents
  • producing and sending routine letters
  • sorting, recording and distributing mail
  • dealing with petty cash and ordering office supplies
  • updating and retrieving information manually or on computer.
Some clerical workers provide a secretarial service for a small team of local government managers, producing their letters and reports, coordinating diaries and arranging meetings.

What's the working environment like working as a Local Government Clerical?

Local government clerical workers usually work 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Part-time, jobshare and flexitime work may be available. The work is mainly office based.

What does it take to become a Local Government Clerical?

To be a local government clerical worker you should:

  • have good communication skills, both written and spoken
  • be able to work accurately and pay attention to detail
  • show initiative when prioritising work and passing on enquiries to the right person
  • be diplomatic, courteous and discreet
  • have a friendly and helpful manner, especially when dealing with the public
  • enjoy contact with a wide range of people
  • have good organisational skills and be able to work as part of a team.

Local Government Clerical Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities for clerical workers in nearly all departments in local government, from building control to education and tourism. Local government bodies employ clerical workers in every part of the UK, in both permanent and temporary positions.

Promotion prospects for local government clerical workers are good. With suitable experience and motivation, they can progress to supervisory roles or to administrative jobs. Promotion prospects will be enhanced if further training and qualifications are undertaken.

There are opportunities to move into other sectors, working in a similar capacity, such as the Health or Civil Service, or private business and commerce. There are also opportunities to move into the voluntary sector.

Further information

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Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
Rosebery House
9 Haymarket Terrace
EH12 5XZ
Tel: 0131 474 9200

In Northern Ireland - contact your local District Council for information.

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