A recent survey by training organisation Today’s PA illustrated that PAs and office professionals play a strategic role in their business and take on wider responsibilities in the company, working in collaboration with other departments. Employers are beginning to recognise that PAs are an untapped resource with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a valuable contribution to make to the business. Yet men in the PA role are still rare with only around 6% in the UK (according to the ONS). Read more >>
There are very few professions in the UK which operate under a similar percentage and have this ratio of women to men.
‘Not Just a Girls Job’ is a campaign by EPAA UK (the PA profession’s national association), which aims to challenge common assumptions and perceptions of the EA/PA being a career just for women. EPAA believe a better gender ratio will make for an enriched profession and they wish to challenge some of the stereotypes associated with the roles under the ‘business support professional’ umbrella. Unfortunately, some of these issues appear to be deeply engrained in business culture and I believe that it is up to all of us to help to challenge chauvinism.
I attended the Manchester PA Awards recently, and was very pleased to see that a male secretary, Lawrence Adlum at KPMG, won the Rising Star Award. Achieving gender equality is important for workplaces not only because it is ‘fair’ and ‘the right thing to do,’ but because it is also directly linked to overall economic performance.