Multi-skilled personal assistants in demand
Your chances of securing a job are best if you can combine personal assistant skills with other administration skills such as managing staff or managing an office, and payroll or accounts work.
This is because many organisations combine two administration jobs into one to save costs or deal with tight budgets.
According to the Census, 10,086 personal assistants worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Strong competition for personal assistant jobs
Competition for personal assistant jobs can be high, making it harder for people without experience to secure jobs. It's useful to gain experience working in general administration roles before applying for a personal assistant job.
Work experience in a law firm is useful to become a legal secretary, as is experience in a medical centre or hospital to become a medical secretary.
Types of employers varied
Most major industries employ personal assistants. The top four types of businesses that employ personal assistants are:
- legal and accounting services
- school education
- government administration
- marketing and business management services.