Senior secretaries in demand as salaries rise to boom year levels


United Kingdom

- Increased demand at senior and junior ends of support market
- Pay begins to rise for sought-after staff

Secretarial and support recruitment returned to 2007 levels in some areas as firms reacted to increased workloads, the latest Market Update from recruitment specialists Robert Walters reveals.

Julie-Anne Page, Associate Director of Robert Walters’ secretarial and support recruitment division, comments:

“We saw a dramatic increase in demand for experienced executive assistants capable of supporting managing directors, chairman and CEO/COOs are highly sought-after. This trend suggests that the market may be returning to the days of the traditional one-to-one PA, after demand declined significantly for these roles during the recession.

“We also saw an increase in vacancies at a more junior levels too, particularly for administrative and reception roles. This is a sign of growing market confidence as companies invest in areas previously considered non business-critical.

“Pay for senior PAs has risen in line with this increased demand. Throughout quarter one, they could expect £16-£17 per hour, but this rose to £17-£19 an hour in quarter two. Although permanent salaries remained largely unchanged, we did see a slight increase. We envisage this trend will continue into quarter three as it becomes a more candidate driven market resulting in counter and multiple offers.”

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