​A Data Entry Clerk is a junior office role and often the perfect position for individuals looking for their start in office employment. A Data Entry Clerk can also be highly experienced in their field and therefore take on a more senior or managerial role within this sector.

A Data Entry Clerk’s key responsibility is to input data from into varying computer systems depending on the organisation. The kind of data they are responsible for will vary depending on the industry however, data entry roles don’t tend to vary much from sector to sector.

What makes a good Data Entry Clerk?

The key duties in any Data Entry Clerk role is to quickly and accurately enter data into the organisations database, supporting all other functions of the business by ensuring all required information is backed up on the computer system.

Working quickly and efficiently is a key attribute of a successful data entry clerk, there is often large amounts of data that will need to be transferred and therefore speed is a necessary skill and will not hold up any other processes further along the line. Keeping on top of your lists of data/information that needs to be inputted will also ensure there is no ‘rushed jobs’ and that all data is entered correctly.

Good attention is essential to any data entry clerk. When entering information, it is important to get the data right, small mistakes can have big consequences therefore keeping your eye close to the detail always is crucial in this role.

Data Entry can be repetitive, but processes must be followed correctly to keep the organisation running smoothly. Possessing commitment to team work will support your work as a data entry clerk and will be appreciated by your colleagues. Having the support of a strong and efficient data entry clerk will not go unnoticed.

Other key duties of a Data Entry Clerk:

  • Input data from paper forms to computer systems with speed and accuracy
  • Communicate with other departments where needed
  • Scanning and photocopying
  • IT literate
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Creating spreadsheets
  • Customer service duties where needed
  • Update existing data
  • Reporting directly into the data manager

A data entry role can lead to a senior data entry position, customer service roles or in many cases be the beginning of a IT career depending on career interests and training provided.

Most positions in data entry aren’t looking for any specific qualifications other than IT skills and the ability to work quickly without mistakes however it is always a good idea to look into extra qualifications that may aid in your career progression as well as making your CV more attractive to employers which would certainly give you a helping hand in today’s competitive job market.

The average salary for a Data Entry Clerk in the East Midlands - £14-18k pa however this does vary depending on the organisation.