Jane Firth, senior business manager at Hays PA & Secretarial, comments on the state of the temporary market for PAs and moving from temporary to permanent positions.
“The temporary market for PAs is quite strong at the moment because business confidence is picking up again and support is needed. But many organisations still face headcount freezes so are choosing to hire temporary workers until restrictions are lifted.
“At present, hiring temporary PAs over permanent is most commonplace in the insurance and financial sectors. Both industries had to cut costs quickly going into the recession, resulting in areas of support staff being axed. But, they are also the first markets to emerge from the crisis and as confidence picks up again so is the recruitment.
“The current climate provides temporary workers with a great opportunity to become permanent. If PAs can demonstrate added value, organisations can make a stronger business case for the role to become permanent. PAs looking to make this transition should be as proactive and as positive as possible. Those that show commitment, and don’t regularly take time off for other permanent position interviews, are more likely to succeed in securing a full–time post.”
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