Salary by region
Average Personal Assistant salary in capital cities
- Brisbane: $65,000
- Melbourne: $70,000
- Sydney: $72,000
As the role of a Personal Assistant is to provide one-to-one support to senior staff, there is an ever-increasing importance being placed on cultural fit in the administration sector in Australia. Hiring managers are on the lookout for candidates who bear not just technical skills, but who are motivated by organisational values and have a strong ability to collaborate. However this has not been easy, as research by Robert Half found that 79% of hiring managers have hired an employee who didn’t fit their team. Thus it is of vital importance for Personal Assistant candidates to demonstrate their ability to assimilate into a company’s culture, and equally for hiring managers to be clear with potential candidates about what they are looking for in a Personal Assistant.
Opportunities for a competitive Personal Assistant salary
In addition to cultural fit, having a proficiency in both soft and technical skills can increase a candidate’s likelihood to negotiate a competitive Personal Assistant salary. Technical skills in demand in the administration sector include experience with Customer Relationship Management software, database management, and competence with web-based booking and invoicing tools such as Concur. The demand for these skills is a product of increasing digitisation of clerical process and client management. While wage growth in the administration industry has been slow in the past five years, in 2018, 94% of Australian hiring managers are planning to award salary increases to around 26% of staff. Personal assistants with a combination of technical and soft skills and a commitment to organisational culture are best placed to receive salary increases in 2018.
To find out more, visit the Personal Assistant Job Description and Duties guide