Secretarial and support salaries are set to grow by 2%, but will increase by up to 15% for some specialist positions, according to the results of the Robert Walters Salary Survey 2016.
In commerce and industry, senior support roles will see the strongest salary growth, with personal assistant and executive assistant positions seeing salaries rise by 11%.
Among financial services employers, junior secretary salaries will rise by 15%, while junior administrator and junior receptionist salaries are set to grow by 5%.
"In commerce and industry, senior positions are being held in increasingly high regard as employers come to recognise the pivotal roles these professionals play in enabling businesses to grow effectively," said Rebecca Gaden, Manager at Robert Walters.
Despite a rise in the number of candidates in total, employers still struggled with a shortage of top calibre professionals. This has led employers to streamline their recruitment processes and increase salaries to secure the best candidates.
In commerce and industry, senior positions are being held in increasingly high regard as employers come to recognise the pivotal roles these professionals play in enabling businesses to grow effectively
Salary growth in the North West
A buoyant economy in the North West is driving employers in the region to increase salaries, particularly for HR administration roles, where salaries will rise by 9%.
“The combination of major companies starting to move mid and back office functions to the region as well as a broadly buoyant economy has left employers in Manchester keen to expand headcount in 2016,” said Gillian Owen, Manager for Secretarial and Support recruitment.
This planned expansion has in turn, driven demand for secretarial staff. Salaries are also starting to grow to attract top talent as these roles take on an increasing prominence.
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