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Job Description

The Farm Secretary will work alongside the Farm Manager and will deal with the business side of the farm or estate. Duties may include keeping records of livestock, dealing with invoices and payments, completing forms for government grants and subsidies, dealing with tax returns and VAT, sorting out payroll for employees and general administrative duties.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths.

You’ll also need experience of office administration and knowledge of bookkeeping.

It may help if you've lived or worked on a farm. 

You could take a college course in secretarial work, business administration, bookkeeping or accounting. You could also take a short course with the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators (IAgSA). 
Lantra has more information about working in the farming industry.

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. 

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Farmer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Admin assistant
  • Secretary

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Good IT skills
  • Good head for figures
  • Organised 
  • A strong interest in farming issues.

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £37,000

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