Farm secretary

Alternative titles for this job include Agricultural business administrator, rural business administrator

Farm secretaries are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business side of farms.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£37,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm flexibly

How to become a Farm secretary

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • training with a professional body


You may find it useful to do a college course in a relevant subject like a:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts
  • Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Level 3 Certificate in Accounting

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You could get into this job through a business administrator advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply directly for jobs. Employers will usually ask for GCSEs grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications. You'll also need experience of office administration and knowledge of bookkeeping.

Other routes

You could take a training course through a professional body like The Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators. These courses can be done whether you're working in the farming industry or are looking for a change of career.

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Career tips

An understanding of farming or rural life will be helpful, particularly if you've lived or worked on a farm before.

Further information

You can find out more about working as a farm secretary through The Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators.

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
  • the ability to work on your own
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • using tailor-made agricultural business software
  • keeping records of livestock and crops, to help with planning future crop and stock levels
  • applying for government grants and subsidies
  • preparing farm business accounts and tax returns
  • dealing with wages and personnel records
  • costing, ordering and paying for equipment and supplies
  • typing, filing and other general administrative tasks
  • keeping up to date with farming, health and safety and tax laws

Working environment

You could work on a farm or from home.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a farm manager.

You could also move into other types of rural business, like stables or countryside management, or use your business and administrative skills in other industries. 

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

HR Service Centre Business Administration Apprentice

  • Wage : £138.75 Weekly
  • Location: B4 6NH

Office and Communications Apprentice

  • Wage : £178.75 Weekly
  • Location: Baldock SG7 6PB

Courses In England

Edexcel L1 BTEC Cert in Business Administration (Administration & IT) - Adult

  • Provider: Bridgwater and Taunton College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Bridgwater

Level 2 Business Professional (Administration)

  • Provider: Eastleigh College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Eastleigh

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