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Data Control Clerk

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€23 - 40
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Last Updated: July, 2015

* 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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Other administrators

Also included in this category:

Human resource administrators; personnel administrators; personnel clerks; sales administrators; sales clerks; marketing administrators; other administrative occupations not elsewhere classified (administrative assistants; administrative clerks).

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Part time workers: 30%
Aged over 55: 21%
Male / Female: 22 / 78%
Non-Nationals: 91%
With Third Level: 47%
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Data control clerks work in specialist organisations and large, centralised computer departments.

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Data control clerks act as a link between computer operators and computer users. They might work either in the central computer department of a large company that processes work for other departments, or in a computer bureau that processes work for clients.  
Data control clerks are responsible for making sure that the computer runs at maximum capacity and efficiency. They check that there are no hold-ups in the flow of work coming in and being processed, and that the work required by departments or clients (users) is correctly processed.  
As the processed work comes back, data control clerks check the computer results or print-outs for accuracy.  
Duties may include:

  • Receives, verifies for accuracy and completeness, and logs incoming data for computer processing
  • Identifies errors in data and initiates corrections or refers situation to responsible party for corrections
  • Sets up production jobs according to established procedures and monitors production output processes to ensure completion of job
  • Assists internal customers on any request for the production of reports, checks, CDs, or other related materials
  • Maintains a variety of records regarding total documents received and released, production runs, procedure changes and other data control activities
  • Receives computer-produced output, and verifies for accuracy, quality, and completeness according to established standards
  • Prepares and routes computer output for distribution
  • Maintains offline media library for disaster recovery
  • Maintains manuals on production job set-ups, output distribution, and internal department procedures
  • Updates daily production job status report and notifies appropriate personnel
  • Logs in the release of various output, such as tapes, reports, checks and electronic media Performs related duties as assigned.

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As a data control clerk, you should be well-organised and able to work methodically under pressure. Problem solving skills are useful in this job. You may have to monitor the work of visual display unit operators, so it's important for you to have good communication skills.

Typical skills include:

  • Accurately recognize and screen data for errors
  • Identify and follow troubleshooting guides or other step-by-step procedures for locating the sources of a problem and fixing it
  • Apply the knowledge and appropriate methods and techniques used on the job towards work products
  • Review work to ensure completeness and accuracy
  • Recognize and diligently handle personal and confidential information Understand and interpret written material
  • Proficiently operate computer, applications, and related computer and production equipment used on the job
  • Follow through on instructions and assignments and consistently meet deadlines
  • Maintain composure under high workload, competing or conflicting demands, interruptions and distractions
  • Adhere to all safety practices of the workplace
  • Provide exceptional service to customers
  • Effectively communicate orally
  • Model communication and interaction that respect and include all individuals and their languages, abilities, religions and cultures.

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