Data entry clerk jobs primarily involve maintaining paper based or computer files, such as lists of business contacts and customers for organisations, in both the private and public sectors. This information helps people to collate data for reference, strategic and communication purposes. Data entry clerk jobs will be required to input a high volume of numeric or alphanumeric information on to their companies in-house database systems or spreadsheets.  Data entry clerk jobs must also input information in an accurate manner and within the time constraints set out.

Data entry clerk jobs may also be required to source missing information via internet searches or contacting clients or customers to enable them to input the information correctly.  Data entry clerk jobs must have excellent knowledge of Microsoft packages, in particular Access and Microsoft Excel, and a general working knowledge of PC's is essential for any data entry clerk job.  A data entry clerk may also be required to assist in various other administrative or reception duties.

A data entry clerk may work for various organisations such as Call Centers, Banks & Financial Services organisations to Charity groups.  Data entry clerk jobs may be responsible for assisting with the design and implementing of a database as well as inputting information.

Data entry clerk jobs can work a variety of hours depending on the needs of the individual company.  A data entry clerk job may find that they can work various shift patterns and part time work is often available.

A data entry clerk may need to undergo testing at job interviews to check on the accuracy and speed at which they can type.  Data entry clerk jobs will have a starting salary of around £10,000 to £16,000 depending on experience.

Data entry clerk jobs can progress on to become a database administrator.  Levels of responsibilities vary widely, ranging from typing and inputting information to complete management of data.  Database administrators may also design, test and implement new systems.

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