An Introduction to being an Executive Personal Assistant

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Published on July 6, 2017

The need for a Personal Assistant or Executive Personal Assistant is a common requirement both in the corporate and domestic world.  In most companies, there will be general PAs, and for most managing directors, CEOs and individuals with a busy schedule, there will be at least one PA to manage the demands of the client.  From hospitals to Hotels and big corporations.

Similarly, in the domestic world, private individuals will look to hire a Personal Assistant or an Executive Personal Assistant to manage their affairs, from working alongside a family office or just managing daily schedules and routines.

Both the Personal Assistant and Executive Personal Assistant must have extensive knowledge of the area they work.

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Along with being highly organised they will typically have strong IT and numeracy skills, and write fluently in the language required by the client.  They will understand the need to be highly efficient at their tasks, ensuring that they reflect their client and the business brand to the highest level.

Depending on the type of PA you become, you may require a more specialist approach, whereas other PAs lead more general duties.  Duties can include:

  1. Payroll
  2. Diary Management
  3. Book Keeping
  4. Event Management
  5. Purchasing
  6. Insurance
  7. Utility Management
  8. General Administration
  9. Recruiting and Hiring New Staff
  10. Filing and Office Management

Salary guidelines will vary depending on if the role is in the corporate or domestic setting.  It will also vary depending on the additional package offered (for example live in roles, bonuses, etc).

Typically expect to have these salary guidelines:

  • Entry Level PAs will expect a salary of £350-500 net a week (£22K-£32K)
  • Mid-Level PAs will expect a salary of £500-1000 net a week (£33K-60K)
  • High-level PAs will expect a salary of £1000+ net a week (£60+)

Working environments will vary depending on the role and who you are acting as the PA for, but expect the following range of working environments:

  1. Office based
  2. Private home based
  3. Remote working
  4. Flexi-arrangement

Qualifications can be varied, but as a PA you should look to specialise in the area you wish to work in. For example, if you have a background in finance/accounting you may choose to specialise as a finance PA due to your strong numeracy skills.

Other qualifications you can look to achieve are:

You should also be fluent (both in spoken and writing) for the language you are expected to work in.

PAs will bring varied skills to their jobs, but many skills are common across the board.  These skills are important to achieving career progression.

  1. Discretion
  2. Confidentiality
  3. Communication
  4. Written Skills
  5. Numeracy Skills
  6. IT Skills
  7. Organisation
  8. Honest
  9. Reliable
  10. Initiative
  11. Flexible

Working as a Personal Assistant or Executive Personal Assistant is a demanding but wholly satisfying job if you are organised, good with numbers and IT and like to be efficient!  Working in both the corporate and domestic world can be an attractive career progression, particularly with domestic PAs getting to travel and see the world with their principals.  

If you are looking for a Personal Assistant or Executive Personal Assistant we’d love to hear from you – or if you’d like to apply for a job through us you are welcome to register here.

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