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Administration Officer

Āpiha Whakahaere Mahi

Administration officers perform a range of administrative tasks to ensure an organisation runs efficiently.

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What are the chances of getting a job?


Chances of getting a job as an administration officer are average for people without experience but good for those with experience.

Experienced administration officers are in demand because: 

  • increasing turnover of administration officers as the economy picks up
  • employers want administration officers who can multi-task and help their organisation save money, for instance with purchasing plans.  

Opportunities for new administration officers who are willing to start in temporary roles 

Although opportunities are more difficult to find for new administration officers, entry level positions still become available as some employers prefer to train a new staff member at a lower pay rate than pay more for an experienced worker. 

If you are new to this work, you may need to start with a part-time or temporary administration role to demonstrate your worth to an employer. 

Many organisations employ administration officers

Most organisations employ administration staff, so you can work for a variety of employers including:

  • private businesses
  • hospitals
  • government departments
  • the armed forces
  • legal offices.


  • Hays, '2014 Hays Salary Guide', (www.hays.net.nz)
  • Hays,' 2014 April - June Quarterly Report - Office Support', (www.hays.net.nz)
  • Hudson '2014 Office Support Salary and Employment Insights', (www.hudson.com).
  • Lloyd, E, Association of Administrative Professionals NZ Inc, Professional Development Subcommittee chairman, Careers New Zealand interview, May 2010.
  • Michael Page, 'Salary and Employment Forecast 2013/14 - Office Support', (www.michaelpage.co.nz)
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, ‘2003-2012 Occupation Data’ (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.
  • Robert Walters, '2014 Forecast Overview - Secretarial and Business Support', (www.robertwalters.co.nz).

Current vacancies

Advertising/ Purchasing /Accountant Listed: 23 Nov 2014 Auckland
Administration Officer Listed: 17 Dec 2014 Taranaki
Administration Officer, (Temporary), Dargaville Listed: 08 Dec 2014 Northland
Administration Officer Listed: 25 Nov 2014 Auckland
Warehouse Administration Officer Listed: 28 Nov 2014 Waikato
Full-time Payroll Officer/HR Administration Listed: 11 Dec 2014 Waikato

Other vacancy websites

Progression and specialisations

Administration officers often progress into other administrative positions that have more responsibility, such as personal or executive assistant, or office manager.

Administration skills, such as time management, communication, and prioritising and delegating tasks, can be transferred to other roles, such as event manager or project manager.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Judi Brennan talking to a workman at a construction site

Opportunities are best for experienced administration officers

Updated 11 Jul 2014