Administrators provide the support that organisations need to run their day-to-day business and meet their objectives.

Organisations need administrators at all levels, from company secretaries and managing directors making top-level strategic decisions to administrative assistants with a wide range of clerical skills

There are opportunities for administrators in every employment sector, including national and local government, agriculture, finance, engineering, health, leisure, media, retail, transport and utilities. Employers can range from multinational corporations, with thousands of staff, to small companies with fewer than ten employees.

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Jobs and salaries

Chartered secretaries bring many legal, financial and practical skills, and are central to the running of their business. Find out what chartered secretaries do and what salaries you can expect when qualified.

There are lots of other roles within administration, as it's an essential part of all organisations across all sectors. It can be a good way in either to an industry you are interested in, or to becoming an administrative manager.

Routes and qualifications

Graduates generally enter management in administration in one of three main ways:

  • through a graduate management training scheme (apply in the autumn term of your final year)
  • by joining an organisation in an administrative capacity and working their way up
  • by training in a specific function such a human resources,finance, marketing, or sales and then moving into a specialist or generalist management role.

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) offers a Qualifying Scheme (CSQS) which equips you for a variety of different career paths.The scheme comprises two levels, each with four modules. You may need to study all eight modules or, depending on your existing qualifications, you may be exempt from some.There are different ways of studying, flexible to fit in with your needs. 

In addition, five universities offer postgraduate governance courses that are fully validated by ICSA. 

3-5 years postgraduate: When you have spent some time in business, you may consider studying (full-time, part-time or distance learning) for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Complete guide to MBA courses in the UK and abroad.

School leavers: If you are interested in becoming a business administrator, you might like to begin with an apprenticeship in business administration. This can be an excellent way into management.


Funding and support

Scholarships are available for studying for MBA at a range of universities.

Also check out the pages on student finance from, and/or contact the funding or careers departments of the organisations you are considering training with.

What’s it really like working in this sector?

Lola and Chris tell how their roles as chartered secretaries put them right at the heart of their organisations. 

See profiles of young people who have taken apprenticeships in Business Law and Administration.

How many jobs are there in this sector?

In the UK, more than 4.5 million people are employed in administration, business and office work, and this figure is predicted to rise. Employers report a shortage of skilled business and administration staff.