How top PAs are powering Scotland’s businesses

Scottish bosses would be powerless without their personal assistants, according to a new study in which 94% of PAs say they wouldn’t be able to do their job without them.
Nine in 10 PAs say their bosses couldn’t fulfil their role without them, according to Hays’ ‘What makes a successful PA?’ report – a claim on which their bosses agree.
Hays PA & Secretarial, which polled more than 2,800 employers and employees nationwide, says this proves that PAs in Scotland remain integral to business and are trusted advisors to their bosses.
It says the report demonstrates how PAs are now often seen by their bosses as equal to management or even director level.
When asked to rate the top three skills of a good PA, employers selected communication, organisation and the ability to prioritise deadlines.
PAs, however, cited understanding the goals of an organisation, excellent people skills and hard work as being key to the success of the next generation of personal assistants.
According to Hays, a PA’s role is expanding, with more employers now expecting them to take on office management, marketing and HR duties, as well as increasing responsibility.
Roddy Adair, director in Scotland for Hays PA & Secretarial, said: “We’ve seen an increasing demand for personal assistants who can support the overall organisation, as well as their boss, and take on additional duties.
“Today’s PAs view their profession as highly rewarding and are offered competitive salaries for their experience, establishing the role of a PA as an aspirational career path for graduates and new entrants into the profession.
“The results of our research demonstrate that a skilled PA or executive assistant is vital for bosses to successfully fulfil their own job.
“Not only are PAs now an aide and trusted advisor to their boss, but they are managers themselves, looking after their own team of staff and projects.
“PAs in 2015 are a new breed of busy multi-skilled professionals supporting the goals of their boss and organisation, a far cry from the stereotypical purely administrative role of years gone by.”