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.
“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,” said Nick Allwood, Manager at Robert Walters.
Skills shortages drive demand
A shortage of highly skilled and experienced Personal Assistants 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," continued Allwood.
Seeking high calibre secretarial professionals in order to provide vital support to ensure that this growth is sustainable.
Permanent salaries set to grow
While opportunities certainly still exist for contract professionals there is evidently a growing demand for permanent secretarial and support staff.
While salaries for contract secretarial and support staff are also expected to rise, permanent staff are expected to see stronger salary growth.
“While opportunities certainly still exist for contract professionals there is evidently a growing demand for permanent secretarial and support staff,” said Allwood.
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.”
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