Permanent and Temporary Customer Service Assistant Jobs

Stafffinders recruit full-time and part-time Customer Service Assistants for a wide range of clients throughout Scotland, with Glasgow and Edinburgh being a main focus. Customer Service Assistants can be found within many organisations and although the specific duties will vary, the essence of the role is to act as a link between customers and the organisation.


What is a Customer Service Assistant?

While some Customer Service Assistants will work with customers face to face, others, such as Contact Centre employees, will primarily liaise with customers over the phone. For Customer Service Assistants in specialist organisations, such as those employed on an IT helpdesk, email and other online tools will often be used as the main form of communication. Most Customer Service Assistant roles will require a combination of these communication methods, so being confident and having excellent communication skills is vitally important.


The role of a Customer Service Assistant will often include a combination of the following tasks:

  • Answering customer enquiries or passing them on to the appropriate department.
  • Giving information and helping to solve customer problems.
  • Selling products and taking orders.
  • Arranging services for customers, for example, booking hotel rooms or arranging car hire.
  • Processing complaints and, if appropriate, issuing refunds.
  • Taking information from customers and entering it on a database.
  • Taking payments by cash, cheque or credit card.
  • Making sure that the customer's experience is a positive one.

Effective Customer Service Assistants can often quickly progress to a Customer Services Manager position where they would be responsible for managing a team of Customer Services Assistants.


Skills and personal qualities

Customer Service Assistants are often the first point of contact a customer has with an organisation, so it is essential for them to create a good impression. Thus, Customer Service Assistants need to be polite and approachable, confident and have the ability to remain patient and calm in difficult or stressful situations.

Problem-solving skills and having the ability to think quickly and outside the box, follow instructions, work as a team and work on initiative are also very desirable skills for a Customer Service Assistant.

In addition, Customer Service Assistants should be accurate and pay attention to detail, even when under pressure, have good numeracy and computer skills, have excellent communication skills (both written and oral), and be smart and well-groomed if working face to face with customers.


Hours and environment

A full-time Customer Service Assistants would usually work around 37-40 hours per week, although working hours will vary employer to employer. Part-time work is also often available for Customer Service Assistants due to the nature of the role.

Many Customer Service Assistants will work on a rota or shift pattern, which can often mean working in the early morning, during the day, in the evenings, on weekends and bank holidays, and in some organisations, on a 24-hour service.

Full-time Customer Service Assistants can expect to earn anything from £10,000 to £18,000 a year depending on experience.

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