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Chartered Secretary

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€32k > 55
Chartered Secretary
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(thousands per year)*
€32 - 55
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Chartered secretaries hold a senior and responsible position within a company or other organisation. They carry out a range of legal, financial and administrative tasks.

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Chartered Secretaries are high-ranking professionals with a diverse set of skills unique among many professions. Trained in corporate law, finance, governance and corporate secretarial practice, Chartered Secretaries are the focal point for independent advice about the conduct of business, governance and compliance. They can also offer legal and accounting advice and manage the development of strategy and corporate planning.

Chartered secretaries work in a broad range of organisations. Some institutions call them chartered administrators or company secretaries. Whatever their job title, they have very similar functions.  
Chartered secretaries (or their equivalent) make sure that organisations run smoothly, in a professional and efficient way. Their work includes signing legal documents and making agreements on behalf of their organisation. They make sure that any records they are required to keep are up-to-date, and that the company meets its legal obligations, seeking legal advice where required.  
They also have other administrative duties. These include organising employee insurance and pension schemes. They may also have responsibility for buying, renting and selling property, as well as dealing with personnel and communications issues. A chartered secretary needs to have sound knowledge of company taxation, corporate finance and accounting, and their organisation's relationship with its shareholders.  
Chartered secretaries provide support for meetings and committees, including the board of directors and management teams. They arrange meetings, draw up the agenda and may take the minutes. They may advise on points of law at the meeting. Some chartered secretaries have to produce the company's annual report.

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As a chartered secretary, you need to be able to work to deadlines. You need to be efficient and have good communication, both written and spoken. You also need organisational and number skills. Chartered secretaries also need to have a good general understanding of law, tax and accounts. Good judgement, tact, common sense and discretion are additional requirements.

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Organisation: Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
Address: ICSA Irish Region, P.O. Box 7568, Foxrock, Dublin 18
Tel: (01) 283 2451
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