Contemporary Staffing Solutions (CSS) is a national staffing firm specializing in placing candidates in Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Information Technology, Salesforce, Call Center, and Office positions.
Call Center & Office is what started CSS back in 1994 and it continues to be a high priority nationally! Office positions encompass a large array of different roles. These include Administrative and Executive Assistants, Receptionists, Data Entry Clerks, Paralegals, and Legal Assistants, among others.
Recently, we’ve noticed changes in pay rates and requirements for the positions we staff for. Comparing data from 2 years ago to more recent data, CSS has noticed an increase in pay, on average, for office positions.
“We have also noticed that the market for these positions has become more competitive and that the majority of office positions are no longer short-term positions, but instead long-term contracts, contract-to-hire positions, and direct-hire positions,” says Steve Scovner, Senior Account Manager at Contemporary Staffing Solutions.
While each office position offers different pay depending on location, experience, and other similar factors, CSS has noted that the average pay for office positions has increased, likely due to changes in the market and a higher cost of living.
“As of two years ago was, office positions paid approximately $15 an hour. However, as of about 6 months ago, office positions have been reported to pay $17 an hour!” says Sharon Tsao, CMO of Contemporary Staffing Solutions.
According to data from Indeed, this is the current average pay for these office positions in the Philadelphia area:
- Administrative Assistant: $15.97/hour (which is above the national average)
- Executive Assistant: $49,172/year (which is below the national average)
- Receptionist: $14.23/hour (which is above the national average)
- Data Entry Clerk: $16.48/hour (which is above the national average)
- Paralegal: $49,617/year (which meets the national average)
- Legal Assistant: $43,455/year (which meets the national average)
Just like pay, requirements for office jobs have changed over the past two years.
Candidates for these positions, and most positions in this day and age, are expected to have at least a Bachelor’s degree and basic technical skills (like proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Outlook). Candidates are also expected to have a rounded skill set to tackle any situation that may arise, such as experience with research, branding, customer service, and reporting.
Employers, looking to find skilled candidates for office positions? Reach out to your local office to discuss partnering with CSS!