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Whether handling, organising or archiving documents, Document Controllers manage and ensure the accurate flow of information through an organisation.

Average salaries are in the region of £23,000.00 to £28,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Whether handling, organising or archiving documents, Document Controllers manage and ensure the accurate flow of information through an organisation.

What they do

Working with a range of documents, such as engineering drawings, inspection instructions and confidentiality agreements, Document Controllers create and maintain filing systems that support efficient information sharing and management.

From preparing and editing paperwork for contract agreements to sending and receiving documents from external organisations, Document Controllers work with a range of industry professionals.

Depending on the individual organisation, Document Controllers may also be involved in the planning stage of a specific project. This involvement helps to ensure documents are requested and delivered at the appropriate times to help contribute towards timely project completion.   

Typical tasks include:

  • Controlling both company and project documentation
  • Preparing, operating and updating document control procedures
  • Ensuring all documentation meets format requirements and client/company standards
  • Producing document progress reports for Project Managers as required
  • Conducting regular review audits
  • Collecting and storing files from various company departments
  • Using computer software to facilitate the organisation and distribution of documents within a company

Hours & Salary

  • Trainee and newly trained Document Controllers can earn in the region of £17,000 to £19,000
  • Trained with experience Document Controllers can earn in the region of £23,000 to £28,000
  • Senior Document Controllers may earn in excess of £33,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

In a full-time position, Document Controllers usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week. Longer hours may be required in order to meet deadlines.


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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

Although no formal entry qualifications are required to become a Document Controller, it is generally recommended to achieve a minimum of four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade C or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

Depending on the individual organisation, applicants may be required to hold higher qualifications, particularly if the documentation in question requires expertise. A degree or HND/HNC in a relevant subject, such as IT or Business Administration may be required in some circumstances.

Do I need any experience?

Some employers may require both industry experience and relevant employment history, whereas others may provide training to develop relevant knowledge and skills. 

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Career trends and forecasts

7,700 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 7,700 workers, within the category ‘non-construction professional, technical, IT and other office-based staff,’ every year to meet demand from now until 2019, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).

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