WORK­OUT EA pay scales on man­age­ment par

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Career One -

EX­EC­U­TIVE as­sis­tants are earn­ing as much as mid­dle man­age­ment staff, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by Aus­tralian re­cruit­ment firm PKL.

They earn an av­er­age $75,000 a year, with top com­pa­nies pay­ing in the $120,000 - $150,000 range.

For com­par­i­son, their US coun­ter­parts earn $60,000 and in the UK they make about $80,000.

But it is in the area of perks that ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tants ex­cel, and even sur­pass, mid­dle man­age­ment.

‘‘ Perks of the job are too nu­mer­ous, with some EAs get­ting the use of their boss’s hol­i­day house, un­used theatre tick­ets, cor­po­rate gifts and ex­trav­a­gant bonuses,’’ says Rox­anne Calder, of PKL.

‘‘ The life of an ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant is ex­tremely var­ied and chal­leng­ing th­ese days, with peo­ple in this job dis­ci­pline re­quired to un­der­stand busi­ness prin­ci­ples, make sense of bal­ance sheets, and jug­gle per­son­al­i­ties,’’ Calder says.

It’s not a job for the faint­hearted, she says. But those who work hard are re­warded.

An­other sur­vey, con­ducted by spe­cial­ist re­cruit­ment com­pany love*, found salaries for ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tants rose by 6 to 12 per cent this year. Last year, the av­er­age salaries were $60,000 to $70,000 and this year they are $65,000 to $75,000. Their pay in the top 100 com­pa­nies is in the $100,000 to $130,000 range, the sur­vey re­veals.

EAs will no longer ac­cept the first job on of­fer, says Yvette Gent, di­rec­tor of love*. ‘‘ There is a huge de­mand for ex­pe­ri­enced EAs. The de­mand is per­co­lat­ing to ju­nior lev­els. A ju­nior re­cep­tion­ist, who could be hired for $30,000 a year in 2006, now makes $40,000’’, Gent says.

‘‘ They are ask­ing for, and be­ing paid, that salary,’’ she says.

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