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Personal assistants and other secretaries

£18,720 Average salary at age 20
£33,800 Average Salary
41 Average hours per week


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

Main Tasks

  • 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;
  • Arranges appointments, keeps business diary, organises travel arrangements, makes reservations and organises a variety of functions;
  • Opens, sorts, distributes and files correspondence (in hard copy and electronic) and deals directly with routine correspondence;
  • Uses appropriate software to produce correspondence, memoranda, reports, presentations and other documents from drafts, handwritten copy or by transcribing dictation;
  • Arranges and attends meetings, takes minutes and prepares records of proceedings;
  • Translates documents and liaises with overseas clients and suppliers.


There are no minimum academic requirements, although entry to professional secretarial courses typically requires GCSEs/S grades. NVQs/SVQs are available in Administration at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

What Personal assistants and other secretaries studied in higher education

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What Personal assistants and other secretaries studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L4) Social policy1
(L7) Human & social geography2
(W2) Design studies4
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology2
(C8) Psychology7
(W1) Fine art2
(V3) History by topic2
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(V4) Archaeology1
(R9) Others in European languages, literature & related subjects1
(W6) Cinematics & photography2
(Q3) English studies6
(L2) Politics6
(H2) Civil engineering1
(R4) Spanish studies1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing2
(W4) Drama3
(M1) Law by area4
(M2) Law by topic4
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(V5) Philosophy1
(L1) Economics1
(T7) American studies1
(N1) Business studies6
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(L5) Social work1
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(P3) Media studies4
(N2) Management studies3
(V1) History by period4
(N3) Finance1
(Q8) Classical studies1
(L6) Anthropology1

UK Prospects

141300 Workforce Size
24.77% Predicted decline 2023 - 2027
24519 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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