The role

The position of HR Administration Assistant Intern is based in the FT's Editorial department. The role is part of a small team providing administrative support for journalists and the management team.  We are looking for a personable and motivated intern to support the team in day-to-day administrative tasks, activities and global HR initiatives. This is a three month internship and is paid the London Living Wage. Following a successful review there is the potential for an additional three month extension.

If you are looking to start your career in Human Resources or office administration and build real-world experience with onboarding, payroll and the coordination of HR policies and procedures, this is the internship for you. 

This role would be ideal for someone looking for their first job and requires a flexible and proactive administrator with good organisation and communication skills. They will need to be able to prioritise urgent tasks, work to deadlines and have the ability to remain calm under pressure. The ideal candidate will also be willing to take the initiative to offer support wherever possible and identify potential projects and strategies to improve administrative efficiency in the department. The role includes a range of tasks along with ad hoc requests that frequently arise. All assistants should be team players who are willing to assist colleagues in order to achieve goals and deadlines.


Key responsibilities:

  • Support with the onboarding process, collating new starter documentation

  • Completing references for new starters

  • Monthly payroll processing of timesheets using Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel

  • Filing employee documentation

  • Drafting promotion/transfer/salary increase letters

  • Responding to general employee queries

  • Monitoring of probation periods


Is this the role for you?

This position requires you to be comfortable with these essential skills:

  • Highly organised and able to prioritise tasks efficiently

  • Good communication skills

  • A team player with a willingness to assist colleagues

  • Accuracy and attention to detail

  • Discretion and ability to keep confidentiality

  • Able to work calmly under pressure and to deadline

  • Professional conduct and the ability to work in a fast paced international office environment


This is a three month internship and is paid the London Living Wage, £11.95 per hour. Please apply by 30 November 2022 ensuring you submit both a CV and cover letter as part of your application.


How we work

This internship is for 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Our hybrid setup means staff are expected to come into the office 3 days a week, specifically Tuesday-Thursday.

Our office is located across the street from St. Paul's Cathedral and is easily accessible from all corners of London. There are the main train terminals such as Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Blackfriars, City Thameslink or Waterloo all situated within walking distance or there are several tube stations within a few mins walk such as Mansion House, St. Paul's, Bank or Barbican.


Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We believe that a supportive workplace is one where employees feel they can be themselves at work and have the flexibility they need to meet their personal needs. 

Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help. 


About the Financial Times

Across the FT Group, our people are united by a mission to deliver world-class information, news and services to our global audiences. Our global, award-winning editorial team represents the gold standard in journalism, seeking depth, originality and balance that differentiates us from the pack and engages our subscribers.

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