Private PA Jobs

Private PA jobs offer candidates the opportunity to enter into hugely exciting and varied industries, as well as the chance to brush shoulders with inspiring and successful people. In a Private PA role, the saying that no two days will be the same really does ring true.

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What Do Private PAs Do?

Working for celebrities, VIPs, HNWIs, families, family offices and even royalty, Private PAs could be doing almost anything. While there is likely to be an element of business administration, you would also be in charge of the smooth running of your boss’s personal life. One day you could be organising a glamorous event, the next birthday presents for their children, managing wealth portfolios, overseeing large purchases or house/interiors renovations. Your tasks will be very, very wide-ranging; it completely depends on who you are working for.

A Private PA job differs from that of a corporate Personal Assistant or Executive Assistant in that you’ll be working for an individual or family rather than a company. And so there probably won’t be a regular office set up, with HR departments or lots of policies and ways of working in place already. You will be likely to have a lot of autonomy over your role and need to be confident and motivated to work by yourself.

Being a Private PA is a fantastic way to get a foot in the door or some insight into an area you are particularly interested in.

Who Hires Private PAs?

  • Senior Business people
  • Celebrities
  • High and ultra-high net worth individuals and families
  • Royalty
  • Ambassadors/Diplomats
  • Film/TV producers
  • Writers, artists and academics
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HOT JOBS

Right-Hand EA/Business Assistant - Luxury Hospitality Group

60,000-75,000 DOE
West End
11/04/2024
We are looking for an exceptional EA/ Business Assistant to provide right-hand support to the driven and inspiring CEO of a luxury organisation. This is an incredibly involving role where you will be...

EA to Dynamic Co-Founders of a Financial Consultancy Firm

£45,000 - £65,000 DOE
City
01/04/2024
A fabulous opportunity to support two inspirational and entrepreneurial Founders. The Principals travel extensively and you will be an integral part of ensuring the smooth running of their lives, a t...

Right-hand EA – Influential & Inspiring Founder

£55,000 - £60,000 DOE
West End
09/04/2024
A superb opportunity has arisen to support the dynamic and entrepreneurial founder of a successful boutique venture capital company which invests in the creative and tech sectors. Based within a beaut...

EA – exciting and varied support for CEO of Luxury Brand

£50,000 - £55,000 DOE
Mayfair
11/04/2024
A new luxury brand, specialising in connecting clients and artisans globally, are looking for an outstanding EA to support the CEO and Founder. A hugely collaborative and fluid role where you will be ...

PA to UHNW - Yachts and Private Planes

£35,000 - £40,000 DOE
Mayfair, London
04/04/2024
My client is an incredibly successful and charming UHNW who is big into yachting, private planes and collecting luxury items - when he’s not in the office, he’s travelling around the world. I am looki...
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Private PA Job Description

In some cases you might become an extension of the family unit, which could mean managing other members of household staff as well. For others, it will be more business heavy and you will act as an ambassador for your boss. Different clients will expect different things, but the most successful candidates are the ones with a positive and flexible attitude, who will do whatever it takes to get the job done professionally and effectively.

Responsibilities could include:

  • Managing and employing household staff
  • Running personal errands like shopping, buying gifts
  • Finance - paying invoices, household budgets, bank accounts, book keeping
  • Overseeing house renovations or interior design projects
  • Booking travel, holidays, restaurants, appointments
  • Organising events and parties
  • Diary, email and phone management
  • Running numerous households, both in the UK and overseas
  • Children – liaising with schools, helping with homework, occasional drop off/pick up
  • Animals – taking dogs for a walk
  • Liaising with family members
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Qualifications

Most Private PA roles will require some form of experience, either in a previous PA position or something with transferable skills. If you’re crossing over from a corporate PA role, it will be useful to have some experience of personal work within it. But it’s important to note that the roles are very different. Private PA jobs often require out of hours work and flexibility is key.

If you’re just starting out, extra training can help you get ahead in your career. Look for accredited courses that will give you the relevant skills to stand out in a job interview. Think about the industry you’re applying for. Someone in film or TV will be looking for different qualifications to someone who runs tech start-ups. Be sure to tailor your CV and your experience to the job. Overall, as this is usually a 1:1 role, personality and fit will be a top priority.

Skills

  • Excellent written and strong communication skills
  • Extremely organised and efficient
  • Well-presented and confident
  • Flexible and ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Discreet and trustworthy
  • Able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks calmly
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative
  • Be able to think on your feet and spin lots of plates

How much do Private PAs Earn?

From

£35,000

To 

£70,000++

Working hours

If you are a Private PA, it’s vitally important that you are extremely flexible. You may be expected to attend to tasks or travel abroad at the drop of a hat. You may also work irregular hours, either starting later and finishing later or vice versa. And, when your boss is travelling they may need you to fit in with their local time zone. That said there are also Private PA jobs that work well with those looking for part-time jobs.

 

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Industries we recruit for

Advertising
Architecture
Arts
Boutique Finance
Celebrities
Charity
Design
Education
Entrepreneurs
Executive Search
Family Offices
Fashion/Beauty
Film/Entertainment
Finance
FMCG
Government
HNWIs
Insurance
Interior Design
Luxury Goods
Management Consultancy
Marketing
Media
Luxury Goods
Oil and Gas
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