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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), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, 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), or equivalent, 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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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. 

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