WORK­OUT PAs highly val­ued

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Career One -

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.’’

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