Average administrative assistant salaries in the UK - 2021

Explore the average administrative assistant salary in the UK

  • Entry-level administrative assistant: £20,000
  • Administrative assistant: £19,100
  • Senior administrative assistant: £25,250

Job prospects for administrative assistants

The number of administration jobs in the UK is going up which, in turn, signifies good future job prospects for administrative assistant roles at all levels. The global productivity crisis and talent shortage has led to a new focus on the development, support and retention of employees, all of which fall to HR and administration teams.

In terms of regional demand, administration jobs in London are the most plentiful, with most other areas in the UK showing steady demand. Job opportunities in the temporary and contract hiring markets are also looking strong for this particular job role.

To increase job prospects for the future, administrative assistants should consider honing communication skills, both written and verbal. Employers are looking for professionals who have the ability to interact confidently and professionally with colleagues at all levels.

Administrative assistants may increase job prospects by showcasing a flexible approach to work—they should be able and willing to pick up jobs quickly and give support wherever it’s needed.

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Administration salary opportunities

Salary opportunities for this job role will differ depending on the experience, skills and location of the professional. Entry-level administrative assistants salaries can start at £16,800 and have the potential to reach £25,000 with the right skills and experience. An administrative assistant salary ranges from £17,600 to £24,000 and represents the mid-point of the professional payscale. Senior administrative assistants can earn anything from £22,500 to £32,000.

The best earning potential for administration roles is in the South East of England. An administrative assistant salary in London ranges from £22,700 to £31,000. Other UK regions with the best earning potential are Scotland (£23,800), East of England (£23,800) and the West Midlands (£22,300).

The highest salaries will go to professionals who are proficient in Microsoft software packages and those with SAP/CRM experience. Soft skills hold equal importance for employers, who may be willing to offer a better salary to professionals who can show that they have excellent communication, organisation and critical thinking skills.

Businesses in the UK have stated that they will be focusing on staff engagement and training for administrative roles in the coming months. Professionals can take this opportunity to renegotiate remuneration packages or increase professional value by upskilling.