Findings from the latest National PA Survey reveal that PAs are facing escalating workloads and greater responsibilities without a commensurate increase in pay.
The survey of 1,000 PAs by Diversified Communications UK, organiser of office* (the UK’s leading annual two day exhibition and conference for PAs, EAs, VAs, secretaries, office managers and executive support professionals) reaffirmed last year’s findings that the number of bosses/managers being supported by a sole PA is on the rise – with a significant 49% of PAs reporting an increase.
In 2011, a quarter of PAs supported over 3 managers and that figure hit 40% for 2015. Of the 49% of PAs that reported an increase this year, 69% now support 1-2 additional bosses since they first started their present role. That means their workload has at least doubled. For a further 19% of PAs it’s tripled and for 12% it’s quadrupled. Yet only one in five of them has received a pay increase for this extra work.
Carsten Holm, managing director of Diversified Communications UK, said: “There are an estimated 650,000 people working across the UK in a PA role – and although their job titles may vary and the industries that they support can be worlds apart – together their profession contributes positively to the productivity of every single part of the economy. National PA Day on 11 May 2016 is the perfect way to celebrate their achievements and to encourage greater support and recognition of the individuals working within one of the biggest and most important professions in the UK.”