Personal Assistants and Other Secretaries

Personal assistants and other secretaries provide administrative and secretarial support to individuals, departmental or management teams within organisations.


New workers

New workers start around £5,302. Normal pay is £22,377 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £42,250.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 185,460 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Translates documents and liaises with overseas clients and suppliers.

  • Arranges and attends meetings, takes minutes and prepares records of proceedings.

  • Uses appropriate software to produce correspondence, memoranda, reports, presentations and other documents from drafts, handwritten copy or by transcribing dictation.

  • Opens, sorts, distributes and files correspondence (in hard copy and electronic) and deals directly with routine correspondence.

  • Arranges appointments, keeps business diary, organises travel arrangements, makes reservations and organises a variety of functions.

  • Acts as a first point of contact for a manager or team with colleagues and people from outside organisations, fields telephone enquiries, takes and passes on messages.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Administrative Support

  • Invoicing

  • Travel Arrangements

  • Booking (Sales)

  • Finance

  • Data Entry

  • Marketing

  • Office Management

  • Business Support Systems

  • Project Management

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Detail Oriented

  • Administrative Functions

  • Organizational Skills

  • Microsoft Office

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Filing

  • Customer Service

  • Microsoft Outlook

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.