PAs don’t feel respected in their role, according to new report

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The role of personal assistant vastly differs from perceptions of other people, claims the National PA Survey.

Now in its sixth year, the latest findings of the survey show that PAs spend more time on project management, HR and managing budgets than traditional personal assistant duties such as making tea and coffee, filing documents and answering the phone.

Of the 1,000 PAs interviewed, only 12 per cent said that they felt respected by ‘society in general.’ 44 per cent said that they felt respected by junior colleagues, while only 37 per cent said the same of senior colleagues.

Released to coincide with National PA Day, the survey also revealed that 49 per cent of PAs felt that the number of people they supported had increased since starting their roles. Nearly 70 per cent claimed that they were now supporting one to two additional bosses, but only one in five said they had received a pay increase.

Carsten Holm, Managing Director of Diversified Communications UK said, “There are an estimated 650,000 people working across the UK in a PA role – and although their job titles may vary and the industries that they support can be worlds apart – together their profession contributes positively to the productivity of every single part of the economy.”

“National PA Day on 11th May 2016 is the perfect way to celebrate their achievements and to encourage greater support and recognition of the individuals working within one of the biggest and most important professions in the UK.”

The full report will be available on the Office Show website later this month.National PA Day

Alison Simpson
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