Business growth drives demand for business support professionals with jobs up 32% year-on-year


  • The number of secretarial and support roles increased by 32% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year.
  • While executive and team assistants made up 10% of the total number of roles advertised roles in the first quarter of 2017

The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that job vacancies for business support professionals rose by 32% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year.

Executive and team assistant roles formed a significant percentage of the number of roles advertised, accounting for 10% overall.

Gill Owen, Manager, Robert Walters comments:

“The growing demand for business support professionals is a very encouraging sign, indicating that businesses are looking to grow and, as a result, are looking to take on business support professionals who can facilitate this expansion.”

“After a slowdown in hiring during the second half of 2016, employers are now looking to grow again, and highly skilled and experienced business support professionals are a vital component of this.”


Team assistants and executive assistants have been particularly highly sought after. Experienced professionals with the capacity to take on aspects of project management within their role and manage the needs of multiple stakeholders are in notably high demand.

Gill Owen continues:

“As investment rises and firms look to expand, finding highly skilled business support professionals is becoming an increasingly high priority for employers.”

“Team assistants and executive assistants are able to play a vital role in ensuring growth is sustainable, providing logistical support for growing teams and taking on project management responsibilities to ensure internal administrative process operate efficiently.”

For further information, please contact Alan O’Doherty on or 020 7509 8839

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