Office manager

This is a very broad title, often adopted by assistants to the CEO of a small to medium sized business. Responsibilities include facilities and property management, recruiting new staff, overseeing support functions and handling health and safety matters. In larger corporations it may also include budget responsibilities.

Research assistant

Research assistants are ‘super secretaries’ with excellent IT skills. They are proficient in the use of PowerPoint, Excel, Reuters and DataStream software packages. Highly numerate, they also have the commercial acumen to develop client relationships.

Desk assistant

Responsible for both operational and administrative support, desk assistants are based on the trading floor. Highly numerate, commercially astute and frequently bi-lingual, they cope with immense pressure to support their team.


Salaries for this role vary greatly due to the broad application of the title. Duties are likely to include data entry, filing and general office admin. Senior administrators may supervise specific areas such as HR and IT.

HR assistant

As the title would suggest, the HR assistant assists with the day-to-day administration of the HR department. Specific areas of focus can include assisting with employee relations, employee orientation and development, performance management and dispute resolution. HR assistants should be diplomatic, tactful and enjoy interfacing with people.