Professionals interviewing for Office Support jobs throughout summer need to be aware that processes will take longer, so it’s important not to panic if there’s a delay in receiving feedback.
A consistent trend has been the changing status of roles. For example, permanent Executive Assistant type roles are going from permanent to temp to perm, or temporary contracts. Further to this, and it’s being seen across numerous industries, widespread uncertainty has meant fewer people have been looking to move roles if they are comfortable where they are.
More positively, there has been an increase in Senior Executive Assistant roles coming available. The right candidate needs to display proven support of working with C-Suite or Board level individuals and can expect to receive remuneration around £55-£70K for roles in London. Within the Investment Banking sector, on both the temporary and permanent side of the market, there continues to be a strong requirement for Team Assistants.
Consistent with recent years, offering flexible working hours and ‘work from home’ options are important to attract and retain Office Support professionals. Many candidates have the desire to be mobile, therefore organisations have to provide laptops and mobiles to allow for agile working. An additional benefit that has been frequently seen so far in 2019 is increased holiday allowance.
In terms of CSR, more volunteering type days are being offered to the workforce, team events are being run and there is much more of a focus on awareness days or weeks, such as Mental Health Awareness week.
Those applying for permanent Senior Executive Assistant roles require international exposure, preferably also with European language skills of either French, German or Italian.
Executive Assistant roles that are primarily 1:1 or 1:2 are starting to incorporate more, wider team support. This is becoming an issue because many EAs don’t want a team support focused role and there is a distinct shortage of Executive Assistants with the mix of both support and proven team experience.
Over the summer, it’s common for interview processes to take longer. Any professionals applying for a new position during this period should be mindful that it will take more time to receive feedback and it is important to be aware of the process well in advance - some senior level Personal Assistant or Executive Assistant roles can be anything from 2-4 stage interview process.