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Personal assistants in Yorkshire have high levels of job satisfaction and commitment to the profession, according to a national survey of PAs.

The research by Hays PA & Secretarial shows that PAs in Yorkshire enjoy their jobs and want to remain within the profession, with almost two thirds (62 per cent) of respondents saying they are either happy in their current role or would apply for a senior PA position in the same organisation.

The vast majority (86 per cent) of PAs believe their boss appreciates what they do, and receive their trust in return, with a third (39 per cent) of Yorkshire’s PAs saying their boss takes their recommendations on business decisions regularly or often.

More than eight in ten (84 per cent) PAs in Yorkshire think their boss couldn’t do their job without them, while a confident 15 per cent think they could do their boss’ job. The research also found that over half of respondents had chosen a career as a PA, with over a third (39 per cent) saying they had always wanted to be a PA, and 16 per cent changing careers into the role.

Geoff Sims, Managing Director, Hays PA & Secretarial, and a judge for the Executive PA Magazine | Hays Awards, said:

“The results of our survey demonstrate that being a PA is a fulfilling and rewarding career choice, offering the long term job satisfaction that many of us aspire to.

While often stereotyped as purely secretarial role, the results prove that many personal assistants are taking on an increasingly strategic role and we look forward to recognising the very best in the profession at this year’s awards.”

Judy Willett, named PA of the Year at the 2012 Executive PA Magazine | Hays Awards said:

“It is great to hear that most PAs feel fulfilled and appreciated in their roles, half the battle of becoming a successful PA is enjoying what you do and feeling appreciated.

As PA of the Year my ambition was to help show what can be achieved with hard work and commitment, I have met so many different PAs along the way all with completely different roles but culminating in the same ambition to extend their roles above purely secretarial.”

Andrew Organ publisher, Executive PA magazine said:

“Great opportunities now exist for PAs all over the world and they extend well beyond traditional concepts of ‘secretarial’. At Executive PA magazine, we’ve been using the term ‘career PA’ for some time now and these results highlight the fact that the personal (and executive) assistant role really is a long term career choice that offers, development, fulfilment and satisfaction for many people.”

These awards will recognise the: PA of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Best Organised Event (by a PA), Employer of the Year and Boss of the Year. For more information and to nominate yourself or another PA visit www.hays.co.uk/pa_secretarial.

Closing date for entries is Friday, August 23, 2013 and the winners will be announced at the gala dinner on October 9, 2013. The prize for the 2013 Executive PA Magazine | Hays PA of the Year is a luxury trip to Los Angeles with two ‘Business Premier class’ return flights courtesy of Air New Zealand.


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