£17,160 Average salary at age 20
£30,680 Average Salary
39 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group undertake a variety of administrative and clerical duties in national government departments, and in local offices of national government departments.

Main Tasks

  • Assists senior government officers with policy work, external liaison or general administrative work;
  • Undertakes administrative duties specific to the operation of HM Revenue and Customs offices, Job Centres, Benefits Agency offices and other local offices of national government;
  • Maintains and updates correspondence, documents, data and other records for storage in files or on computer;
  • Classifies, sorts and files publications, correspondence etc. in offices and libraries;
  • Responds to telephone enquiries and other forms of correspondence;
  • Performs miscellaneous clerical tasks such as proof reading printed material, drafting letters, taking minutes etc.


Entry is possible to junior grades within this group with GCSEs/S grades, and/or relevant practical experience; higher grades require A levels/H grades or equivalent, although many entrants are graduates. NVQs/SVQs, apprenticeships and professional qualifications are available for certain areas of work.

What National government administrative occupations studied in higher education

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What National government administrative occupations studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(T6) Modern Middle Eastern studies1
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L4) Social policy1
(G1) Mathematics2
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology8
(C1) Biology2
(C8) Psychology5
(R2) German studies1
(Y0) Combined1
(W1) Fine art1
(V3) History by topic1
(W3) Music2
(F6) Geology2
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(D4) Agriculture1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies4
(V2) History by area1
(L2) Politics11
(R4) Spanish studies1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area4
(M2) Law by topic6
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(F3) Physics2
(L1) Economics1
(M9) Others in law1
(N1) Business studies3
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work2
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers2
(N4) Accounting2
(C6) Sport & exercise science1
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies2
(V1) History by period4
(N3) Finance1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

200100 Workforce Size
2.35% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
26380 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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