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:
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.
To be a local government clerical worker you should:
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.
If you would like to know anything about Local Government Clerical that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
9 Haymarket Terrace
Tel: 0131 474 9200
In Northern Ireland - contact your local District Council for information.