British PA and support jobs have risen by nearly a fifth compared to last year, according to new figures by Robert Walters. Despite many businesses initially raising concerns of how the General Election could negatively affect the industry and employment, many companies have grown during the second quarter of this year, which in turn has led to a boost in demand for secretarial professionals to further maintain growth.
In particular, those in financial and technological sectors have experienced a period of prosperity over the past few months, with secretarial, administrative and support roles increasing to fulfil the needs of growing industries. Despite the surge in positions and opportunities for PAs, finding staff is still proving a challenge.
Finding the right talent for the role is becoming even more essential to recruiters as making a misstep in the hiring stage could be fatal to new and growing businesses. Due to the turbulent and changing responsibilities and expectations in a growing company, the pressure is on for PAs that can easily learn, adapt and grow as quickly as their business.
“Team support roles have expanded, with candidates needing to be able to demonstrate a broad range of skills including project management,” said Manager Gill Owen. “For professionals who can demonstrate these skills, employers are willing to offer generous salary and benefits packages in order to secure top talent.”