Personal Assistant

Find out more about the role of a Personal Assistant


What does a PA do?

A PA provides a pivotal role supporting Senior Management, Directors or Board Members of an organisation.

Holding such a crucial role means that it’s essential you have a good grasp of the organisation, the set-up and structure and its business aims and objectives.

Tasks that you could be asked to manage include:

These are just some of the key tasks a PA performs. Due to the varying nature of different businesses, you could be asked to do other tasks or asked to take on a specialist task such as financial/budget control, HRsocial media etc.

What skills and training do you need to become a PA need?

Whereas the key aspect of a PA role is variation, the skills required tend to be along the same line.

  • Exceptional communication skills – written and verbal
  • Organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Multi-tasking ability
  • Able to work to frequent and tight deadlines
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Excellent decision making abilities
  • Excellent IT skills on the key programmes such as Microsoft Office
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Trustworthy, discrete and honest to deal with key confidential business documentation

More often than not PA’s hold some form of professional qualification or certification to back up their skillset and experience. Training such as the Pitman Training Executive PA Diploma is extremely well-respected in the industry.

Gaining skills in certain areas such as Meetings and Minutes or social media can help increase the scope of your role and training on programmes that you’ll be using frequently such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, for example, can give assist in increasing efficiency and productivity.

What could I earn working as a PA?

If you’re starting out as a PA then you could expect to earn a salary of £18,000k upwards. For those with proven skills, experience and/or a strong background working as a PA in a large city-based organisation, the salaries commanded are around £30,000 upwards with Senior PA’s in London been known to earn up to £50,000.

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