A Private PA in a household is a very varied role, considered as a senior worker often overseeing members of staff such as nannies, yacht and aircraft personnel, corporate business colleagues and housekeepers. You are expected to be the gate keeper of the principal, manage complex diaries and schedules, organise travel and book restaurants, oversee contractors and manage all paper related tasks in the household such as expenses, paying bills, banking and personal correspondence. The private PA should have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to multitask and prioritise their own workload; this is often a high pressure role and can be dealing with the personal and business needs of the client.
There is no normal day and two days will never be the same, you will be entrusted to buy gifts for family and friends, make household purchases and set up the home to the highest standards. You might be asked to accompany the principal on business/pleasure trips and will be expected to know the right places to eat and be seen, also the local doctor/dentist and a black book of contacts is the key to any professional private PA. Private PA’s are often degree educated, can be bilingual and are constantly striving to provide up to date information for their principle such as new restaurant openings, the best hairdresser in several countries and will have established relationships to enable their client to access the best of the best.
Starts from £ GBP 1,000 gross per week and upwards to £ GBP 2,500/3,500 gross per week in accordance with qualifications/experience and previous salaries acquired. These positions can either be live in or live out. Salaries are based upon a 5 or 5,5 day workweek, 8/12 hours per day; however you can expect to be on call 24/7 for positions with top salaries.