Assistance and persistence
COMPLEX and growing demands on upper management are radiating through the glass walls of executive suites to land squarely on the desks of executive and personal assistants.
The relationship between executive and assistant is now more of a partnership and recruitment firm Hays says people are seeing rewarding careers in roles that are carrying increased responsibility and demand first-rate technical and communication skills.
‘‘ This means to be successful as an EA or PA you not only need the right technical skills, such as knowing how to use the latest office software and being internet savvy, but you must also possess the appropriate soft skills to meet the role’s requirements,’’ says its Office Support regional director Lynne Roeder.
‘‘ You need to be a confident communicator, dedicated, focused and able to multi-task.’’
The role of a PA now stretches beyond basic clerical work to also include handling budgets, updating websites, internet research, commissioning work on their manager’s behalf and representing the executive at meetings and other events.
‘‘ The role of an EA or PA can be extremely busy. Streamline the things you need to do or come up with strategies on how to do them more effectively. This will not only save you time but could earn you recognition from the executive team,’’ Roeder says.
Average executive assistant salaries are between $45,000 and $80,000.
Personal assistants earn between $35,000 and $68,000.
99 per cent of executive assistants are women but the top male salary is $8000 more than the top female salary.
97 per cent of personal assistants are women and the top female salary is $11,000 more than the top male salary.
58,700 people are employed as personal assistants.
77.5 per cent work full time. Source: PayScale; Job Outlook