Salary Survey 2016

We conduct an annual Salary Survey based on our recruitment throughout the previous year. The data is taken from across all industry sectors from secretarial remuneration trends linked directly to our successful recruitment service across London over the last year. With salary ranges for over 150 permanent positions, the Bain and Gray 2016 salary guide is a clear indicator of remuneration and recruitment bench marks across all industries. Do call us for a more detailed market value of your current secretarial and support roles.

Although market conditions have been variable, the recruitment levels have been buoyant for us this year and we have seen high levels of demand across all industries.  As a result of this we have seen a continued upward pressure on salaries over the last year and we expect this to continue as our clients maintain an ongoing need for high calibre talent for their businesses across all sectors.

We have seen an increase in the need for the 24/7 PA support as Senior Directors, Board level and Senior Management work more seamlessly through time zones and out of hours, and are increasingly working remotely to facilitate this.  PA’s are also working more remotely to allow for this, and at high level PA and EA positions additional work phones and laptops are supplied to accommodate this constant and ‘on tap’ style of working.



ROLE 2015-2016

Private/Business Assistant    


Executive Assistant


Office Manager


Personal Assistant


Team Secretary


Office Administrator 20-30k

Senior Receptionist


Junior Receptionist



An area where we are getting an increasing number of enquiries is around benefits packages. Whilst pensions are currently being phased in as outlined by government statutory requirements, we have outlined below an overview of the benefits currently being offered by our corporate Clients in London.


Private Healthcare

After probationary period (3 or 6 months)

A number of Companies are increasingly starting introducing a Bi-annual health screen


Life Assurance (typically 4x salary)

After probationary period (3 or 6 months)


Holidays (not including Christmas closure) 

20 days up to 25 days (commonly staggered from 20-25 days based on years of service)


Annual Bonus

Discretionary dependent on individual performance and company performance



These vary, but a typical employer contribution: 5% after year 1, 10% after year 2


Interest Free Season Ticket Loan                             

After probationary period


Subsidised Gym membership                                   

After probationary period