Public Sector Economist
Forestry Commission Scotland
Jennifer M is an Economist for the UK Government. A school trip to the Scottish Parliament made a big impact on her choices. In her job she could work in any Government Agency. In the story she is working with the Forestry Commission - and this was her second posting in her first two years. She says she likes "to get the chance to move about and try a lot of different things".
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionJob 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.
QualificationsEntry 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.
- 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.