Data Entry job description

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A data entry worker is responsible for entering various data formats into the computer system of a company. Such workers need to be proficient at interpreting complex information. Monitoring the company’s data entry systems is an important part of the role, as well as checking the computer systems thoroughly and enhancing them where necessary.
Workers in this role need to have good interpersonal and communication skills, as they may be required to deal with external agencies and customers. If the data is unreadable, they will need to request further information
Applicants for this role will need to be familiar with relevant software packages and have a good typing speed. They will need to have strong analytical skills and excellent organisational skills. They will also need to be able to operate other forms of equipment such as printers and tape machines. They should also to be able to work to deadlines and use their own initiative.
The basic hourly salary for positions in this field is around £8.00 to £9.00, with additional bonuses and holiday pay. Experienced workers may be able to receive up to £16,000 per annum in a full-time role.


Data Entry clerks are required to maintain, update and retrieve data held on computer systems. Sometimes they need to transcript paper-based records to computer files, using spreadsheets and word processor software. They input data to computers related to sales, client information, surveys, statistics, etc. Among sectors offering this type of job are medical administration, banking, education, marketing, and sales.

Data Entry clerks usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Tracking test results in a school.
• Updating patient’s records.
• Creating databases.
• Inputting personal details of clients.
• Processing sales information.


• Being able to work under pressure.
• Having IT skills.
• Being able to work to deadlines.
• Having interpersonal abilities.
• Having excellent writing communication skills.
• Having high attention to details.
• Having good English and Math skills.
• Being aware of safety issues.
• Being accurate.
• Being self motivated.


Data Entry job placements do not require specific academic qualifications for application process. Most employers require GCSE’s (A-C) including English and Math as a minimum. Basic requirements for this job are having knowledge about databases, spreadsheets and word processing software and quick data inputting skills with a keyboard. This last point is frequently tested in job interviews.

Some helpful qualifications prior application process are BCS European Computer Driving Licence and OCR Certificate and Diploma for IT Users. It is recommended to check BCS and OCR websites for more details about these courses.

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