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
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Personal Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

£29,617 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £30K
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Personal Assistant Career Path

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11 Jan 2021

“The pay is fair and the interactions I have had with others within the company have all been great.”

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11 Jul 2019

“Interesting research and possible career progression if you commit above and beyond to your job.”

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3 May 2021

“Training was good and they made sure you get all the needed info before you get a client.”

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31 Mar 2021

“3. Encouragement to think beyond the norm and creative freedom to present outputs in the best way possible.”

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22 Jun 2020

“Not a great pay rate if you don't have someone else who is the primary breadwinner.”

Personal Shopper
14 Sep 2021

“Good pay. 2 raises a year if you have worked there at least 6 months.”

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17 Sep 2021

“Shipt is quick to deactivate you even if it’s a situation where it is not your fault.”

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22 Jul 2021

“Great place to start your career here as the company is so innovative and teaches and guides you along the way.”

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