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Introduction

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 anCompany Secretary. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Company Secretary
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Company Secretary Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

A company secretary has a wide range of responsibilities, including maintaining company records such as lists of directors and shareholders and annual accounts, sending annual returns based on these to the Company Register or to the Stock Exchange. They also keep records of the companys property, such as buildings, land, and vehicles. The company secretary is the companys named representative on legal documents, and it is their responsibility to ensure that the company and its directors operate within the law and in line with the companys established articles.

Company secretaries may have a range of other administrative duties; many are involved in accounting and finance, including responsibility for the payroll, annual budget and internal audits. They may also assist in the general management of the company and in liaising with professional advisers. They must have extensive knowledge of the companyĆ¢€™s operations and of relevant national and international laws.

Hours and Environment

The hours are based on a normal working week, although this varies where deadlines must be met, and it is sometimes necessary to attend evening meetings. Some posts are part-time.

The work is office-based with some travelling to meetings with managers, directors and outside advisers.

Skills and Interests

To be a chartered secretary you should:

  • be methodical and well organised, with a high degree of accuracy
  • be able to understand and explain complex legal and financial matters
  • have sound judgement and problem solving skills
  • be able to prioritise and manage a busy workload
  • have an excellent command of written and spoken English with good presentational skills
  • have good interpersonal and negotiating skills.


Entry

You will normally be required to work towards Associateship of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). There are three stages of advancement to Associateship: Foundation, Pre-professional and Professional (Parts 1 and 2). There are no formal qualification requirements for entrance to the Foundation stage, but candidates should have relevant skills. The minimum age for entry is 17 years.

For entrance to BTEC/SQA higher national awards prior to entrance to the Pre-professional stage, candidates require four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and one or two A levels/two to three H grades.

For entrance to relevant degree courses prior to entrance to the Professional stage, candidates require five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and two or three A levels/three to four H grades.

Equivalent qualifications may be accepted. For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Training

To achieve the three levels of advancement, candidates must pass the relevant examinations or gain exemptions as the result of holding alternative qualifications (Foundation and Pre-professional stages only - details from ICSA).

Success in the examinations of the Professional stage confers graduateship of ICSA. To become an associate member it is necessary to gain six years'' relevant experience. This may be reduced for time spent in relevant full-time study.

Courses may be studied full-time, part-time or by distance learning. Several universities and colleges offer qualifying programmes that lead to membership of ICSA.

Opportunities

Company secretaries work in many different organisations such as charities, trade and professional associations, universities, local authorities and the National Health Service. There are opportunities for company secretaries to become general managers or company directors or to move to larger organisations.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. The annual income of chartered secretaries varies widely and depends on the size of the employing company and its geographical location. Performance-related pay and other bonus schemes operate within some companies.

Graduate entrants start at around £14,500 a year.
Qualified associate members might earn between £22,000 and £26,000.
Experienced secretaries could earn in excess of £30,000 rising to over £60,000 depending on the level of responsibility.

Further information

Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
16 Park Crescent
London
W1B 1AH
www.icsa.org.uk

Other Useful Company Secretary Work Information

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