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Personal assistant Average UK Salary & Prospects

Personal assistants carry out support tasks for individuals and managers including administration, diary management and event planning.

Related jobs: Company secretary
  • Answer telephones and give information to callers, take messages, or transfer calls to appropriate individuals.  
  • Greet visitors or callers and handle their inquiries or direct them to the appropriate persons according to their needs.  
  • Create, maintain, and enter information into databases.  
  • Use computers for various applications, such as database management
Read more about Personal assistant

Personal assistants typically work around 37 to 40 hours per week.

As a Personal assistant you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out
  • Read more about Personal assistant
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    30,224 GBP *
    per year
    18,000 GBP
    50,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Personal assistant
    • 29,638 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Personal assistant
    Average salary for full-time Personal assistant

    • 10,275 GBP
    • 10,637 GBP
    • 30,224 GBP
    • 29,638 GBP
    Pay over time for Personal assistant

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 26,724 GBP
    • 26,943 GBP
    • 27,617 GBP
    • 28,597 GBP
    • 28,947 GBP
    • 30,224 GBP

    Future outlook for Personal assistants

    Balanced outlook
    198 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    2% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Balanced outlook
    58% chance of automation in the future

    Personal assistant - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Personal assistant and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 50% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 22% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent
    • 11% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree

    You could take a college qualification to help you get a job as a junior personal assistant. Courses include:

    • Level 2 Certificate in Business Support
    • Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Personal assistant

    PA & Executive PA

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Personal assistant.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
    Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Personal assistant. Check that you know:
    Accounting software Fund accounting software; Intuit QuickBooks
    Data base management system software Apache Hadoop
    Data base user interface and query software Data entry software
    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Operating system software Apple macOS
    Improve your skills today

    PA & Executive PA

    Things to highlight for your Personal assistant interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

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