Local authority administrator
Public Administration

Administrators have a key role to play within the work of local authorities.

Work Activities

Duties may also include:

  • writing correspondence
  • filing
  • answering telephone calls
  • organising meetings
  • producing agendas
  • taking minutes
  • servicing committee meetings
  • helping to formulate and implement council policies
  • researching and writing reports
  • supporting staff
  • liaising with contractors, private companies, partnerships and other organisations
  • financial or accounts administration

There are good opportunities for career progression via promotion into senior administrative and managerial roles, or movement between departments. There may also be opportunities for employees to take the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators' examinations.

Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills for local government administrators

  • Good numerical skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • IT skills
  • Secretarial and administrative skills

Pay And Opportunities

Typical employers of local government administrators

Jobs are advertised by recruitment agencies and careers services, in local, regional and national newspapers, on local authority jobs lists, on websites such as LGjobs and in relevant publications including Opportunities and The Municipal Journal, plus their online equivalents.

Job shadowing, networking and speculative applications are advisable, for which the Municipal Yearbook may be a useful source of contact information.


Qualifications and training required

A degree in any subject is acceptable, although a legal, government and politics, business studies, management or social and public administration qualification may be helpful.

Candidates possessing relevant clerical, administrative or local government work experience are normally at an advantage.

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