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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
  • positions are becoming available in government organisations after restructuring.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates that numbers of administration officers has grown by about 5 percent in the last two years.  

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

Although opportunities are poor 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, 'Selective Insights to Inform - The 2013 Hays Salary Guide: Salary & Recruiting Trends,' accessed April 2013 (www1.hays.net.nz). 
  • Lloyd, E, Association of Administrative Professionals NZ Inc, Professional Development Subcommittee chairman, Careers New Zealand interview, May 2010.
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupational Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2013.

Current vacancies

Best Office Position Available! Listed: 17 Apr 2014 Auckland
Senior Building Control Officer Listed: 23 Apr 2014 Wellington
Assistant Accountant Listed: 23 Apr 2014 Canterbury
Office Administrator Listed: 23 Apr 2014 Auckland
Logistics Planner / Buyer Listed: 22 Apr 2014 Canterbury
Lending Documentation Officer Listed: 26 Mar 2014 Auckland
Administration Support Officer Listed: 22 Apr 2014 Manawatu / Wanganui

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 17 Dec 2013