Pay for personal assistants varies depending on their location, experience and level of responsibility.
Personal assistants usually earn between $48,000 and $65,000 a year.
Executive assistants who work with senior executives in large organisations usually earn $50,000 to $90,000.
Sources : Hays Recruitment, 'The 2015 Hays Salary Guide', 2015.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Personal assistants may do some or all of the following :
keep managers' diaries including making their appointments and travel arrangements
take messages, answer queries and screen telephone calls and visitors
arrange meetings, conference calls, hui and conferences
take minutes and dictation
research, prepare and format emails, letters, reports, and other documents
prepare monthly reports, budgets, financial data and presentations
manage projects and / or junior staff.
Skills and knowledge
Personal assistants need to have :
knowledge of their organisations and what other staff do
good writing skills, including report writing skills
knowledge of financial reporting and budgeting
the ability to keep up to date with changes in office technology
staff and project management skills.
Personal assistants :
usually work regular office hours, but may sometimes work longer hours, or evenings and weekends, or work part time
work in offices
may work in stressful conditions if they support managers who are in high-pressure jobs
may occasionally travel locally, or overseas, to attend meetings or conferences.
There are no specific requirements for becoming a personal assistant.
However, many workplaces provide training for personal assistants on topics such as staff management, working with financial data, or software packages.
Personal assistants may also :
attend relevant courses at polytechnics or business management companies
become members of the Association of Administrative Professionals NZ Inc (AAPNZ), which offers professional development opportunities.
There are no specific secondary requirements. However, the following subjects may be useful :
Personal assistants need to be :
diplomatic and discreet, with good judgement
able to show initiative and work well under pressure
able to relate to people from a range of cultures and at all levels of management
good at planning, organisation and time management
skilled in decision-making and problem-solving.
Useful experience for personal assistants includes :
word processing and data-entry work
customer service work