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Office Frequently Asked Questions

What roles does Blue Arrow have available?

We recruit for many roles within the office and administrative sector including:

What is the job description?

We specialise in recruiting both temp and perm roles across the UK in office positions, you can find the most up to date list of available jobs in this industry here.

Each job will have its own job description that details all of the duties, responsibilities and job specifics. If you click into the job you are interested in, you will find a detailed job description is displayed for you.

If you are interested in a Call Centre opportunity you can find all of our Call Centre roles here.

More details per job role below:

Administrator

Administration jobs help you to build skills and knowledge across a range of areas, it is this variety of skills that will enable you to work across a variety of tasks with ease.

Personal Assistant

To be a good Personal Assistant you need to be extremely organised, proactive and an effective problem solver, so you can effortlessly multitask and retain a heap of information.

Secretary / Receptionist

Receptionist jobs are great entry level roles to kick off your career. Many of the basic skills you learn as a Receptionist will be transferrable across many industries and into roles such as Administrator or Call Centre/Customer Service.

Customer Service Assistant/Advisor

One of the great things about a Customer Service job is that you do not need any real previous experience in order to excel in this role, if you have any previous experience in dealing with customers then you will be great in this job.

Data Entry

Data entry jobs are varied and plentiful but to keep up with the workload and the pace it is important that you possess the right skills from the outset. Learning basic computer or typing skills on the job is not going to be possible so be sure to build on your abilities ahead of time so you can focus all of your energy on learning the role or system specifics over the basics.

 

Generally speaking, if you are the right fit for one office role, there is a good chance that you are a good fit for others. Office jobs require a similar skill set no matter where you go, with just a couple of industry specifics built in.

To be an outstanding office worker you will need to have the following skills and traits:

  • Attention to detail.
  • Discretion.
  • Ability to work unsupervised.
  • Excellent anticipation and observational skills.
  • General office, typing and researching skills.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite or Google’s G-Suite of software.
  • Continuous improvement mindset and a desire to seek out opportunities for training and skill development.
  • Able to take the initiative.
  • Flexible and calm.
  • Happy, confident and friendly.

How could a candidate get an office job with no experience?

Not all roles require a vast amount of experience, you will often find that some of the big brands such as Lloyds and Capita that we recruit for provide some of the best role specific training there is and so little to no experience is not a blocker to career progression at all.

Temporary office work can be a great way to get started with an employer, it provides you with the opportunity to learn on your feet and gain a great understanding of the role and how it varies between sectors and industries. If you are considering taking on a temporary job why not read through our pros and cons of temporary or seasonal work to help you make an informed decision.

If you are concerned about your lack of experience you could make up for it through extra skills and learnt knowledge. Here are some tips to build on your skills and knowledge:

  1. Take a look at our office jobs to see what is required for the role.
  2. Start by creating a list of the skills appropriate, the skills you have and the skills you still need to get for the position you have set your sights on.
  3. Hunt for positions that give you the best opportunities to build on your skills, our office job board is a great place to find out what temporary office jobs or permanent office jobs are available right now.
  4. Build on your skills in your own time using platforms such as Udemy or SkillshareAdult learning grants could also be a great way to get the skills you need.

Is there training provided?

From employer to employer, your training may vary. It could also depend quite a bit on the role you are going in to. Generally speaking, any of your responsibilities that are unique to the employer or use a particular piece of software would have full training provided to you. Your basic office skills however are all expected to be in place before you start working in an office.

If you feel you may be short on a few skills you can always upskill in your own time or request a training course from your employer. For more details on upskilling and turning your job into a career check out this post.

What’s the pay rate?

Pay rates vary from role to role depending on the role type, the jobs geographical location and in some cases, your age for National Minimum and Living Wage calculations.

To give you a rough idea, here are some of the pay rates for our popular office jobs:

Administrator

£9.60 per hour £18,000 to £20,000 per year for a full-time position.

Personal Assistant

Approximately £12.02 per hour / £25,010 per year.

Receptionist

£9.70 per hour / £20,170 per year, full-time.

Customer Service Assistant/Advisor

At least £9.21 per hour / £17,966 per year when you start out.

Data Entry

£9.30 per hour / £18,000 per year when you start out for a full-time (35-40 hours per week) position.

If you are interested in finding out what £x per hour really looks like when it arrives in your account and if you want to find out what you are going to take home at the end of the month then check out our salary calculator.

Where is my nearest Blue Arrow branch?

With around 60 branches across the UK we recruit nationally but each branch is able to provide a locality based service to our candidates.

Our specialist office branches are on hand to recruit and support our Admin, PA, Secretarial, Receptionist, Customer Services and Data Entry community with jobs suitable for current and future office careers, check out our available roles here and apply online or contact a branch to register with us.

How do I get a temporary or permanent job with Blue Arrow?

The fastest way to get a temporary or permanent job with us is to register, find out how to register.

Do you have full-time and part-time positions?

We are uniquely and perfectly placed as one of the oldest, largest and most trusted recruitment brands in the UK to find job seekers like you the perfect permanent or temporary office job. Click here for our latest jobs.

Our specialist office and administration branches are on hand to recruit and support our office community with opportunities for current and future career prospects, check out our available roles and apply online or contact your local branch to register with us.

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