The first meeting of the NGA Clerks’ Advisory Group took place on 15 February. The meeting was arranged as part of the relaunch of NGA’s Clerking Matters Campaign. Over 40 clerks from around the country attended bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. The meeting gave clerks a forum to raise issues they were encountering in their role, giving us the opportunity to take these forward as part of the Clerking Matters Campaign.
The main issues raised were the possibility of a National Association for Clerks; a desire for increased opportunities to obtain relevant qualifications and undergo professional development; and easier access to information. The importance of a clerk’s independence was also discussed with attendees highlighting that it was imperative that irrespective of how clerks are employed, they feel able to step in when necessary and give appropriate advice.
Unsurprisingly, the subject of remuneration was raised, with attendees citing the generally low rates of pay as something that needs to be addressed if clerking is to be regarded as a professional role. NGA will therefore be conducting further work in the area of clerk’s pay.