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The role of the Personal Assistant is extensive and varies immensely from industry to industry. Diary management, travel arrangement, dictation, shorthand and general administrative support are but a few of the daily responsibilities of a busy PA.

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Job description

The role of the Personal Assistant (PA) is extremely varied but essentially it is to support senior staff and help them do their job efficiently. It's your job to provide administrative support to either an individual or a group of directors or senior managers so that they can spend more time doing their own job.

Quite often you'll be required to work independently when your boss is away and he/she must have full confidence in you so that in their absence all their work will be handled timely and accurately. You may also be asked to look after your boss's private affairs so you must have high levels of discretion as much of this work will be confidential.

It's also a requirement of a good PA to have an in-depth knowledge of the company they're working in. You need to know who's who in every department so you can liaise with those people on your boss's behalf - this is especially important when they are absent. You are also the first point of contact (both internally and externally) for your boss so you need to be able to prioritise calls and determine who your boss needs to have contact with.

Some typical daily duties of a PA include:

  • Handling and screening phone calls
  • Opening post and emails and taking any action required
  • Preparation of documents, presentations and spreadsheets
  • Taking dictation and sometimes shorthand
  • Travel arrangements - planning itineraries, booking flights/hotels/taxis
  • Full diary management ensuring your boss knows where he/she is meant to be
  • Updating relevant company systems and spreadsheets
  • Taking minutes in meetings
  • Liaising with other departments to ensure your boss is fully prepared for meetings
  • Meet and greet visitors (both internal and external)
  • Performing extensive research for projects
  • Supervising other administrative staff
  • Maintaining records for accounts and budgeting purposes
  • Training junior members of staff

This is not an exhaustive list as the PA role is diverse and new challenges and tasks present themselves every working day.

Typical working hours are the standard 9 to 5 but due to the nature of the job, you're often needed after hours and you must be flexible and not mind the odd late night, especially when your boss is extremely busy. You are usually based in an office environment but on occasion can be needed to travel with your boss to meetings or conferences - these can sometimes be abroad which adds to the variety of the job.

There are no formal qualifications needed to be a PA, though many employers prefer a sound level of education and sometimes even a degree. If you have a recognised secretarial qualification (eg Executive PA Diploma) then this will be an advantage. Most employers are looking for a solid level of experience and you'll have had to have worked your way up the ladder, perhaps starting as an admin assistant, moving on to a secretarial role so that your core admin skills are in top shape.

Generally, potential employers will be looking for skills such as:

  • High level of proficiency in the major software packages such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
  • The ability to think on your feet
  • Calmness under pressure
  • The ability to meet tight deadlines accurately and efficiently
  • Good audio/copy typing skills and sometimes shorthand

Salary Information

Average salaries for PA roles obviously vary depending on where you're working and in which industry. Starting salaries can be anywhere from £20000 - £25000 and salaries for experienced candidates in London can top £40000 plus generous benefits.

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Business/Private PA - Camden
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PA to the Managing Director
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Team PA - Trading Floor
Posted: 11 Dec 2017
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £16 to £19 per hour
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Location: London
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Team PA
Posted: 11 Dec 2017
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £19 to £21 per hour
Team Assistant - 2 Month Cover
Posted: 11 Dec 2017
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Salary: £19 per hour
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