WORKOUT PAs highly valued
THE stars are in alignment for executive and personal assistants. Their salaries in Australia now reflect the multi-faceted roles they perform. They earn an average salary of $75,000 a year — above that of lawyers ($73,000), accountants ($72,800), banking and financial services professionals ($71,000) and advertising agents ($70,000), according to recruitment firm PKL.
‘‘ Companies nowadays are seeking executive and personal assistants who are capable of carrying out tasks which add value in addition to general administration duties which have always been associated with that role,’’ says PKL general manager Roxanne Calder.
‘‘ As a result, many executive and personal assistants have degrees or diplomas in marketing, communications or human resources, and work alongside colleagues in these specific departments. Work demands are complex and require highly developed skills, making it a far cry from the glamourised secretaries they were once perceived to be.
‘‘ Assistants are also expected to have highly developed organisation skills, presentation skills, computing skills, communication etiquette and are held accountable for mistakes.’’