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Local Government Clerical Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as Local Government Clerical. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as Local Government Clerical
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Local Government Clerical Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Clerical/administrative assistants assist administrators by undertaking the more routine aspects of the work of the department. The work is likely to involve:

  • filing documents, keeping records, photocopying
  • sorting, recording and distributing mail
  • retrieving information manually or on computer
  • producing basic statistical information
  • dealing with routine enquiries by phone, in writing or in person.

Hours and Environment

Local government clerical assistants usually work office hours, 35 to 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Part-time and flexitime work may be available.

They are mainly desk-based in offices, although some authorities allow staff to work from home and provide them with appropriate equipment.

Skills and Interests

To be a local government clerical worker you will need:

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


Entry requirements vary from one council to another, so it is advisable to check with individual authorities.

Many councils may require you to have four GCSE (A-C)/S grades (1-3) or their equivalent, particularly in maths and English. You are also likely to need keyboard skills. However, your personal qualities are often more important than academic qualifications, and councils may instead set their own aptitude test to ensure candidates'' skills meet the required standards, with no other qualifications normally required.

There is no upper age limit to start work as a local government clerical worker, as long as you meet the appropriate entry requirements. Experience of clerical work in other fields and/or dealing with the public is welcomed.


You will receive on-the-job training in your department and relating specifically to your duties. In-house training may cover particular subjects or job areas, eg housing.

Some councils offer trainee posts for people without qualifications. These may be on a positive action training programme, specially designed to prepare unqualified people for jobs.

Local authorities may offer NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Administration and/or Customer Service.

Alternatively, you may be able to get day release for study towards additonal qualifications such as BTEC/SQA national and higher national awards in Business Administration, Administration and Information Management, or Public Sector Management.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


There are opportunities for clerical workers in nearly all departments in local government, from building control to education and tourism. The majority of work done by the local government workforce is of an administrative nature, and many posts are at clerical level.

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.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

New entrants are likely to start at around £8,800.
With experience, salaries could rise to between £10,000 and £16,700, according to duties and responsibility.

Local government clerical workers are paid within a national pay framework. Salaries reflect differences between jobs, local grading policies and the size of the council, with higher rates paid in London. Performance related pay has been introduced by many councils.

Further information

Employers'' Organisation for local government *
Layden House
76-86 Turnmill Street
Tel: 020 7296 6781

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.

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Local Government Clerical Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Local Government Clerical job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Local Government Clerical Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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