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April 18, 2011

Don’t Forget – Administrative Professionals’ Week / Day!!

For most organizations, the central hub of our company’s operations depends on our administrative professionals.  Administrative Professionals Week (April 24-30) and Administrative Professionals Day (Wednesday, April 27) call attention to the important workplace role of administrative professionals. 

The recession has hit everyone in the office. Downsizing has forced all of us to pull together and work harder, not just the administrative professionals in the workplace. This year’s theme recognizes everyone’s contribution and is aptly titled ”Celebrate All Office Professionals”.

Observed since 1952, Administrative Professionals Week is originated and solely sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals.  Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances. The event is celebrated worldwide, bringing together millions of people for community events, educational seminars and individual corporate activities recognizing support staff.

A few interesting statistics about administrative professionals:

  • There are more than 4.3 million secretaries and administrative assistants, along with 1.4 million supervisors of office and administrative support staff working in the United States (U.S. Dept. of Labor 2010)
  • This occupation continues to grow as it is estimated nearly 500,000 administrative assistant and secretarial positions will be added in the U.S. between 2008 and 2018, representing growth of 11 percent. (U.S. Dept. of Labor).

Most Salaries Expected to Rise this Year

While salaries took a hit last year due to the recession, this year most salaries in the administrative profession are showing a modest increase.

  • $40,030 – Average 2008 annual earnings of U.S. executive secretaries and administrative assistants (U.S. Dept. of Labor)
  • 2.5 percent – Expected average salary increase for an administrative assistant in 2011 (OfficeTeam 2011 Salary Guide).
  • 1.4 percent – Expected average salary increase of an entry-level administrative assistant (OfficeTeam 2011 Salary Guide)

So let’s all stop and mark our calendars to “Celebrate All Office Professionals”, and say “Thank You” to all in recognition of the vital part they play in our organizations.

 

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