Data entry clerk

Alternative titles for this job include Audio typist, copy typist

Data entry clerks type information into databases and systems and create letters, reports and other documents.

Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter

to

£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a Data entry clerk

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

You could take a college course to develop your computer skills while looking for work. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
  • Level 2 European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Certificate in IT User Skills

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route.

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship as an IT application specialist.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • a few GCSEs including English and maths but some employers may not ask for formal qualifications

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Work

You could move into data entry work if you've got office experience, for example, as an administrative assistant.

Employers will give you training on the job, covering their data entry systems.

Direct application

You can apply for jobs directly if you've got experience of word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Employers may also ask for GCSEs in English and maths.

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Career tips

You would normally be tested for keyboard skills and accuracy in entering data when you go for an interview.

Further information

You can get more details about careers in IT from The Chartered Institute for IT.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • entering personal details of customers into a database
  • entering information for classified adverts in a newspaper
  • transferring paper-based market research results
  • updating patients' medical records
  • processing invoices

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a supervisor or team leader. You could also train and mentor new employees.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Business Administrator

  • Wage : £157.50 Weekly
  • Location: Scarborough YO13 9HD

Apprentice Business Administrator

  • Wage : £111.00 Weekly
  • Location: Lancaster LA1 4XQ

Courses In England

L2 HABC Diploma In Business Administration

  • Provider: Lambeth College
  • Start date: 15 March 2019
  • Location: London

Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration (Full Time Study Programme)

  • Provider: HTP Apprenticeship College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Newport

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