What Will It Cost?

Pound Sterling NotesThe average hourly rate charged by  Virtual Assistants across the UK in 2023 is £29.77 (mean) and £30.00 (mode).1

My hourly rate is £30.00 ph. 

I also offer a discounted rate of £28.00 to UK registered charities and may at my discretion offer a further discounted rate to a limited number of church ministers and individuals. 

I work on a pay-as-you-go basis invoiced monthly (minimum 2 hours pm) and do not operate a retainer system; there are no advance payments and no rolling-over or losing paid-for hours. 

Please email me to request a copy of my brochure which explains how I can help you to emerge from your in-box and concentrate on running your organisation.  We can then arrange a phone discussion (no charge and no obligation).  

You may be interested to know:-

Employed Personal Assistants

The average annual salary for a Personal Assistant in London in 2023 is £33,976 (range including bonuses and profit-sharing: £24,000+ – £45,000+). 2

To this you will need to add National Insurance contributions and the costs of: staff benefits, office equipment, desk and floor space, insurance, payroll administration, pension contributions, and recruitment and training costs – and probably a car parking space too.  Further, you may have to facilitate home working and undertake rigorous risk assessments.

Your PA will benefit from sick pay, holiday pay, lunch, tea and possibly cigarette breaks, trips to the water-cooler etc.  She/he may also deal with personal email correspondence, surf and shop online and access social media in time that you pay for3

How much does each productive hour of work really cost you?

I will only charge you my hourly rate (plus any agreed expenses) for the work completed for you in that time and will provide a time-tracked activity sheet for each month.  You only pay for my assistance when you need me but there is continuity not found when hiring a temp. You do not pay for my holidays, breaks or personal correspondence.  

Christian Knott’s comprehensive discussion on the comparative costs and attitudes of an employee and contractor provides very useful advice. 


Sources of information

1  UK Virtual Assistant National Survey 2023. For more information please visit www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk

2  http://www.payscale.com/research/UK/Job=Personal_Assistant/Salary/4239ba23/London

Employees spend 13 work hours a week on social media – Insight: 2019