Personal assistant salaries to grow in 2017 as employers look to support sustainable growth


  • Personal assistants will see the strongest salary growth among business support professionals at 10%.
  • Salaries for permanent staff are rising faster than those for contractors.

The 2017 Robert Walters Global Salary Survey has revealed that personal assistants will see the strongest salary growth of all business support professionals, with salaries rising 10% year-on-year.


Nick Allwood, Manager at Robert Walters, comments;


“Despite an uncertain economic climate, employers, particularly in the North West, are still looking to achieve steady growth in 2017, and this is reflected in the salary growth we have seen for secretarial and support professionals.”


“A shortage of highly skilled and experienced PAs has seen salaries for these professionals rise ahead of other roles. As employers compete to secure to calibre candidates for personal assistant positions salaries are increasingly accordingly.”


“The fact that demand remains high for support staff and that businesses are prepared to compete to secure top talent is an encouraging sign that firms are for steady growth in 2017, seeking high calibre secretarial professionals in order to provide vital support to ensure that this growth is sustainable.”




While salaries for contract secretarial and support staff are also expected to rise, permanent staff are expected to see stronger salary growth.


Nick Allwood continues:


“While opportunities certainly still exist for contract professionals there is evidently a growing demand for permanent secretarial and support staff.”


“With personal assistants, receptionists and administrative assistants all highly sought after, those with particularly valuable skills or experience stand to secure strong salaries and benefits packages.”


“Support professionals who possess foreign language skills, particularly French, German and Spanish are likely to be in particularly high demand.”