How to Hire a Personal Assistant

As a leading PA recruitment agency that specialises in recruiting Personal Assistants in temporary and permanent jobs, we know what it takes to hire an exceptional Personal Assistant for your business.


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Here's what our customers say:

"I usually find the whole recruitment process to be really painful but it was far from it with Lily and Emma. Looking for an assistant who could also perform office management duties should have been a challenge but from start to finish it was handled professionally and efficiently. It was clear that time was taken to fully understand the brief, the package available (a bugbear of mine is being presented with candidates that are £10k more than what was specified) and the culture of the business. This meant that the shortlist of candidates were not only quality but all suitable for the role and the environment. Really excellent process and we've got a top-quality person as a result."

CEO of Financial Services firm

"The service provided by Lily and the team was fantastic, being both personable and professional throughout the whole process. I worked mainly with Emma who went to great lengths to understand all of the experience, skills and personal qualities we required from our candidates, as well as an understanding of our firm's culture. They have been very prompt with all communications and have worked well within tight time frames. Overall, it's been a pleasure working with Lily Shippen and I hope to do so again in future."

Director of IFA company

"I would definitely recommend Lily Shippen. My recruiter Emma was exceptional. I originally approached another reputable recruiter for my candidate search and they got my brief all wrong. Emma not only listened and understood the brief, she asked unique (read between the line) sort of questions to fully grasp the type of professional I was looking for. They also acted with urgency so I never felt concerned about what was going on in the background. A big thanks to Lily Shippen and Emma of course."

HR Manager at Pharmaceutical company

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Hiring a Personal Assistant can have a multitude of benefits for you and your wider business. Personal Assistants are a fantastic way of getting the most out of your day, ensuring that you utilise your time as effectively as possible and can focus on growing your business, whilst they adeptly manage the everyday demands of seamlessly running an office. 

We know that as a busy executive or overworked entrepreneur, with a seemingly never-ending "to-do" list, your time is precious. In fact, we'd argue that time is your most valuable asset. We constantly hear business owners say that there aren't enough hours in the day or that they wish they had another pair of hands. Hiring a Personal Assistant is the perfect solution to this problem; the right PA hire will be indispensable to you and your wider company, maximising your time and productivity, and ensuring that you prioritise the tasks that motivate you and enhance your business.

Every moment that you can free up to focus on the growth and development of your business counts. A successful PA is a true extension of you and, over time, will be able to anticipate your needs and have everything in place, without you having to think about the minutiae.

The biggest benefits of hiring a PA include: 

  • To add strategic input and help to grow your business

  • To build relationships

  • To give you time back in your day

  • To keep you organised

  • To solve business problems

  • To act as a decision-maker

  • To strengthen your culture and brand

  • To boost your productivity

  • To enable you to have work/life balance

Personal Assistant salaries can range depending on location, responsibilities and the level of experience that you are looking for. In London, PA salaries range from £35,000 to £45,000, on average, for permanent roles, with contract rates of £17 - £22 per hour. Whereas, in Manchester, permanent PA roles typically attract salaries of circa £28,000 - £32,000, with contract rates coming in at £14 - £16 per hour. This is a similar story across the UK, with permanent PA positions in the regions averaging at £27,000 - £32,000, or £14 - £16 per hour for temporary contracts. 

With teams based in Manchester and London, we recruit permanent positions across the UK, as well as remotely and internationally.

We recruit temporary, contract, permanent, part-time and full-time PA roles.



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