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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 a Typist. This page details the following Information:-

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

Finding Suitable Work

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Working Duties Expected

Typists, often referred to as word processor operators, use keyboards to produce letters, reports and other documents. There are basically three ways of producing documents into typed formats. These are:

Copy typing - working from hand-written, printed or typed documents.

Audio typing - the work is dictated onto an audio tape, and then typed as the recording is listened to.

Shorthand typing the typist takes shorthand notes as information is dictated to them. They then type up the information from their notes.

Many employers would expect typists to carry out other administrative duties. These vary from employer to employer but might include:

  • using computers for other tasks like spreadsheets and databases
  • answering the telephone and dealing with enquiries
  • using office equipment like photocopiers, faxes and franking machines
  • dealing with incoming and outgoing post
  • maintaining filing systems.

Hours and Environment

Typists usually work 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. It may be necessary to work extra or flexible hours at busy times.

Most of the working day is spent sitting at a desk in an office. Part time work, job sharing and temporary work is available.

Skills and Interests

To be a typist you should:

  • be efficient and accurate
  • good keyboard skills and confidence with a range of word processing and computer packages
  • have a good command of English grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to work to deadlines
  • be able to produce neat, well-presented work
  • be discreet - you could be dealing with confidential information.


There are no minimum entry requirements, but most employers and colleges look for GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), particularly in English and maths.

To become a typist, you must have good keyboard skills. Most colleges of further education offer a range of relevant courses, both full-time and part-time. Some are aimed at school leavers and some at more mature students, and include:

Foundation, Intermediate GNVQs or vocational A levels/GSVQs Levels I, II or III in Business Administration
NVQs/SVQs levels 1 to 3
Pitman, OCR (RSA) Examinations Board or London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board (LCCIEB) qualifications.
There is no upper age limit, and older candidates are often welcomed. Many colleges relax entry requirements for mature students.


There are several awarding bodies offering a wide variety of qualifications in word processing and other useful skills, including:

  • LCCIEB certificates in audio transcription, shorthand and text production
  • OCR basic, intermediate and advanced certificates in audio transcription, copy typing, keyboard skills, typewriting, text production and word processing
  • Pitmans and City & Guilds joint certificates in audio transcription, office procedures, text production and typewriting.
  • NVQ/SVQ Levels 1-4 in Administration are widely available. Levels 3 and 4 are suitable for those with additonal supervisory or management duties.

See the profile for Secretary for details of other useful qualifications.

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).


All types of organisations employ typists, and some jobs may include reception and clerical duties.Applicants who are confident with a number of software packages, and can undertake a variety of clerical tasks, stand a better chance of finding a good job.

With more experience and perhaps further training, promotion to a secretarial, administrative or office manager role may be possible.

There are also some opportunities for self-employment. Some typists advertise their services for typing CVs or academic theses.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only. Income varies considerably, depending on region, experience, the level of skills and area of specialist knowledge.

An inexperienced typist might earn £7,000 per year.
With more experience, this could rise to £11,000.
Typists with excellent shorthand and text processing skills, and with specialist knowledge of the business they work for, could earn up to £25,000.

Further information

Council For Administration (CfA) *
18-20 Bromells Road
Clapham Common
Tel: 020 7627 9876

The Institute of Qualified Private Secretaries (IQPS)
1st Floor
6 Bridge Avenue
Tel: 01628 625007

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 Typist Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Typist 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 Typist 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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