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Becoming a Personal Assistant

This section is all about Personal Assistants (PAs).  Whether for an employer looking for the right PA or someone wanting a career as a PA, this is the section with the answers. In this section, everyone can access our PA Recruitment Hub (our online register of PAs who are looking for work in your area) and our PA vacancies that are currently open.

If you are a PA, see below for some useful links and information to help you in your job role, such as where to access more training or how to get help if you have an issue with employment.

Thinking about becoming a PA? If you are a caring person with a real empathy for others, this may be the career choice for you. We always have employers who are looking for the right person to meet their care and support needs - this could be you! Whilst caring experience is always useful, you don't necessarily need to have worked in care to be a great PA, the right attitude and a person-centred approach is more important. 

A Personal Assistant (also known as a PA for short), is employed directly by the client that is receiving a Direct Payment due to their disability or illness and needs assistance to continue living independently.

A PA is required to work closely with their employer in their home which will also been known as place of employment but on occasions, a PA is required to support their employer out with the home environment.

As each employer has different requirements to live independently, the role for each PA may differ. The recruitment advertisement will outline what is required for the employer and should give the PA a description of what to expect when caring for this employer.

Experience is not essential as PA’s can learn on the job. It may be helpful to have some knowledge and understanding of caring for an individual, either paid or not. What is important is having compassion, being reliable, caring and responsible.

The recruitment advertisement will specify if certain criteria should be met within the role.

The Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers make safer recruitment decisions. This prevents unsuitable individuals from working with vulnerable groups, including children. DBS checks replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) & the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). It is recommended that all employers conduct a DBS check on all potential employees. DBS checks are a legal requirement for any employee that will be working with children.

Yes. By law, the employer must give their employee (PA) a contract of employment on their first working day. The Employment Act 1996 still applies regardless of your working environment (i.e., working in the employers’ home).

BBPS can provide standard issue contracts for the employers to complete for their employee.

The majority of employers request the assistance of a payroll bureau, such as Barrie Bookkeeping & Payroll Solutions, to calculate the payroll and provide HMRC with the relevant information. The employee is required to fill out their timesheet with working hours, holiday hours, sick leave etc. This can be filled out on paper or electronically. The employer must then check this information is correct, sign and submit the timesheet by the date provided per pay period.

Once the payroll has been finalised, payslips will be provided by either post, email or both is requested.

An employee must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage.

As of 01.04.2023 the rates are for each age bracket.

Aged 23 and above£10.42 per hour
Aged 21-22£10.18 per hour
Aged 18-20£7.49 per hour
Aged 16-17£5.28 per hour
Apprenticeship£5.28 per hour

If the criteria set out is met (age and earning depending), by law, the Personal Assistant’s employer must offer a workplace pension (also known as auto-enrolment). If Barrie Bookkeeping & Payroll Solutions is supplying the employers payroll service, the employee will automatically included in our auto-enrolment scheme.

The employer will inform the employee if the criteria has been met and what their pension contributions will be and more information about the pension scheme.

Employees do have the right to opt out. However, we advise that the employee seeks advice beforehand. For general information on workplace pensions, please visit Workplace pensions: About workplace pensions - GOV.UK (

As with any form of employment, the employee is entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This is paid when the employee has been sick for 4 days or more. The current SSP rate can be found at Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) : Overview - GOV.UK ( After 7 days of sickness, the employee is required to provide a ‘fit note’ from the doctor. The employee must give a copy of the fit note to their employer and keep the original for their own records.

The employer should have a cover plan in place for such situations arising. This may be something BBPS can help with. Most employers require the employee to phone them prior to their start time. We advise employers not to accept a text message as a form of sickness notice expect in exceptional circumstances.

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