Indexer | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Indexers build up lists of searchable terms for things like books, magazines, reports, websites and photographic collections.

  • Scan or read incoming materials to determine how and where they should be classified or filed.  
  • Input data, such as file numbers, new or updated information, or document information codes into computer systems to support document and information retrieval.  
  • Perform general office activities, such as typing, answering telephones, operating
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Indexers typically work around 38 to 40 hours per week.

As a Indexer you will typically work freelance / self-employed.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical,
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
44,602 GBP *
per year
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Indexer

  • 44,618 GBP
  • 44,396 GBP
Average salary for part-time Indexer
Average salary for full-time Indexer

  • 27,402 GBP
  • 25,735 GBP
  • 44,602 GBP
  • 44,396 GBP
  • 44,618 GBP
Salary over time for Indexer

Salary for this role has increased over time
  • 41,576 GBP
  • 41,032 GBP
  • 42,041 GBP
  • 41,944 GBP
  • 43,476 GBP
  • 43,316 GBP
  • 44,602 GBP
  • 43,840 GBP
  • 43,984 GBP

Future outlook for Indexers

Very good outlook
93 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
1% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
28% chance of automation in the future

Indexer - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Indexer and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 40% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • 25% of people in this role have a Master's degree
  • 11% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma

You can apply directly for jobs. Many indexers have a higher education qualification like a degree, although this is not essential.

Often, indexers start this work as a second career, using the experience and in-depth knowledge they've built up from their main area of work.

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • customer service skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • administration skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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IT & Computer Skills

Things to highlight for your Indexer interview

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Independence Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

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