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An administrator is the backbone of any organisation, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and, often, doing a range of tasks behind the scenes.

Are you considering a career in administration? Or want to make a shift in the field to somewhere with more opportunities? We’ve compiled a list of the 5 highest-paying administrator jobs in the UK.

But first, let’s get into what an administrator is.

Administrators were once relegated to filing, doing paperwork keeping the company’s or boss’ diary, typing and answering phones. But these days their tasks range from coordinating staff and sorting out remote-working issues to liaising with vendors and business guests and improving company procedures.

Administrative staff need to have a range of skills, including soft skills like problem-solving, time management, conflict management and creativity.

Other sought-after skills include proficiency in a variety of software, experience in customer service/help desks and managing social media accounts. According to Robert Half’s 2022 Salary Guide, some of the most in-demand skills for office support include teamwork, strong communication and resilience.

So, what should you expect to get paid as an essential part of the team? According to several salary checkers, administrator salaries average between £20,000 and £25,000 per year. But the administration industry’s salaries vary depending on location and the applicant’s experience. In urban areas, someone with ample experience may earn twice the national average wage.

We look at 5 of the highest-paying administrator jobs in the UK and their average annual earnings:

Executive assistant – £44,000

These administrators are usually the right hands of senior management. Among other tasks, they handle correspondence, organisation, scheduling, meetings, human resources, project management, deadline compliance and important documents.

Duties could include:

  • Organising and scheduling meetings, then researching materials, preparing agendas and presentations and taking minutes.
  • Answering phones and liaising with clients and business guests.
  • Maintaining the electronic filing system.
  • Managing projects.
  • Managing the diaries and schedules of senior management.

Medical/Clinical Coding Manager –  £42,000

Administrators in this position work in the medical field, at healthcare facilities such as hospitals or clinics. They manage the coding team, who code medical procedures, diagnoses and patient information so that it can be easily tracked and analysed by healthcare providers.

Duties could include:

  • Ensuring coding staff perform their duties correctly and according to health privacy regulations.
  • Hiring and training new coders.
  • Establish procedures and policies to improve recording keeping and coding accuracy, and ensure to there is consistency across departments.
  • Managing workflow and ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Maintaining relationships with external partners and interacting with medical staff, insurance companies and patients to facilitate accurate coding.

Facilities manager – £37,000

These kinds of administrators usually deal with the strategic planning and day-to-day operations of an organisation, especially relating to the buildings and premises. They need to manage services and processes to ensure that employees can enjoy the most suitable working environment possible. Due to this, their diverse range of responsibilities is dependent on the structure and size of the organisation.

Duties could include:

  • Ensuring that the company complies with health and safety regulations and follows the correct procedures are followed.
  • Plan and coordinate essential services such as security, maintenance, cleaning and waste disposal.
  • Ensure that staff and contractors have completed work satisfactorily.
  • Deal with emergencies and urgent issues as they arise.
  • Calculate and compare costs for required goods or services to ensure the best value for money is achieved.

Customer Service Manager – £28,500

This administrator leads the customer service team to solve problems and increase customer satisfaction with the ultimate goal of increasing sales.

Duties could include:

  • Overseeing customer services processes and procedures and making improvements where needed.
  • Providing training on how to handle sensitive customer service issues.
  • Planning and maintaining the department’s budget.
  • Coordinating with the sales department on how to increase customer satisfaction.
  • Regularly reporting to upper management on department milestones and progress.

HR Administrator – £26,500

Human Resources administrators mostly deal with documentation and tasks that relate to the company’s personnel. Additionally, they need to be able to answer any HR-related query personnel may have. They are usually heavily involved in the recruitment of new workers.

Duties could include:

  • Maintaining and updating personnel records.
  • Recording the various types of leave.
  • Assisting in the recruitment process and liaising with recruitment agencies.
  • Setting up interviews and issuing relevant correspondence.
  • Issuing documentation such as contracts of employment and other documents required by law.

If you are interested in entering the field of administration or making a change, contact Simpson Dean Recruitment or visit the vacancies page.

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