The company secretary is a strategic position of considerable influence at the heart of governance operations within an organisation.
Governance describes the way that an organisation is directed and controlled, which includes a company's strategy and decision making, how it achieves its aims, and ensuring that all activities undertaken comply with legal, ethical and regulatory requirements.
Company secretaries have a broad skill set – corporate law, finance, governance, strategy and corporate secretarial practice – and they advise a company's board in these key areas, providing support to the Chair, CEO and non-executive directors.
By becoming a company secretary you will have:
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Company secretaries work across all sectors in a range of different organisations – in private companies, the public sector (e.g. local government organisations, the NHS) and the not-for-profit sector (e.g. charities and professional bodies.)
Some work for professional services firms or run their own businesses as sole practitioners or small partnerships, providing a range of clients with company secretarial services for a fee.
The specific responsibilities of a company secretary vary depending upon the level of the job role, the size of the organisation and the sector in which it operates. However, responsibilities typically include:
The salaries for governance professionals vary, as with many jobs, depending upon location, sector and the kind of organisation that you work for. Trainees in the UK and Ireland can expect to earn an average of £24,000-30,000 in the corporate sector and £20,000-26,000 in the public sector and not for profit organisations. This rises to anywhere between £80,000-300,000 for a qualified and experienced company secretary.
Many organisations will also offer study support, paying for exam and tuition fees and granting study time. To discover more about salaries for governance professionals in the UK, look at the annual surveys produced by the specialist recruitment companies. Search online for the latest salary and well-being surveys for governance professionals published by BWW Recruitment, The Core Partnership, DMJ Recruitment and Hays Company Secretarial.
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