What does a Personal Assistant do?

A personal assistant is often appointed to assist a single personnel within the organization. The duties and tasks of a personal assistant will vary depending on the requirements of the employer. These include answering phone calls, recording notes and messages received, scheduling meetings, reserving venues, arranging travel arrangements and many more. The typical career progression for personal assistants is of an executive personal assistant role.

Although a high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum educational requirement to be a personal assistant, the majority of employers prefer candidates that possess a certificate from a secretarial school. Proven experience working as a personal assistant is also often required followed by a high proficiency in computer technology and excellent communication skills. Good candidates will also display strong multitasking abilities and organizational skills.

  • Answer phone calls received and direct them appropriately
  • Record notes and messages for the employer
  • Schedule and arrange meetings and conferences
  • Manage travel arrangements and itineraries on behalf of the employer
  • Perform as a liaison between the employer and household staff as required
  • Act as the first point of contact for the employer as necessary
  • Manage the employer's calendar and appointment scheduling
  • Read and write correspondence in mail or email form
  • A certificate from a secretarial school preferred
  • Proven experience working as a personal assistant required
  • Proficient in computer technology especially Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong customer service and social skills
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills
  • Follows instructions clearly and accurately within a timely fashion
  • Proactive and enthusiastic about delivering positive results
  • Able to sit, walk, stand for long hours at a time

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
15%
2 - 4
15%
5 - 7
6%
8+
64%

Common Skill Sets

Diagnosis
Adaptability
Excellent Customer Service
English Language
No High School
Excellent Communication
Work Ethic
Attention To Detail

Personal Assistant Seniority Levels

L2
Personal Assistant
£29,586/yr
L3
Personal Assistant III
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Executive Assistant
49% made the transition
Secretary
5% made the transition
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Personal Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

£29,584 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£21K
Median: £30K
£43K
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