Virtual Assistant 

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Working as a virtual assistant

If you’re considering a virtual assistant job, know that becoming a virtual secretary or virtual personal assistant (PA) in the UK is a fantastic avenue for PAs, executive assistants (EA)s and administrative staff looking for increased flexibility in their professional lives. A virtual PA will use all the skills that they have developed as an onsite PA or EA, but work remotely. As such, they’ll provide remote assistance such as managing travel itineraries and diaries, organising meetings and events, writing reports, conducting research and managing projects.

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A virtual assistant’s job role is to provide remote assistance such as managing travel itineraries and diaries, organising meetings and events, writing reports, conducting research and managing projects.

A wide variety of skills are required, a virtual assistant in the UK may also help with personal tasks such as:

  • Travel planning for a family
  • Running personal errands
  • Lifestyle management

Hear from the VA experts

In 2020, we met with two virtual assistants to hear more about what their roles entail, along with their top tips to becoming a successful VA. Watch the video below. 


Most UK-based virtual assistant jobs are filled by experienced PAs, EAs or administrative staff looking for a new challenge or a better work-life balance. Therefore, a virtual secretary in the UK is expected to have exceptional organisational skills, be a self-starter, have an outstanding attention to detail and an ability to multitask and prioritise. Our ideal candidate would already be working remotely and have the capacity to take on more clients on an ongoing basis.

How do I become a virtual assistant?

As a virtual PA, you should have access to a computer or laptop, Microsoft Office suite, mobile phone and any other relevant video technology such as Zoom or Skype. Experience using tools like Basecamp, Trello or Slack will also be advantageous.

Don’t want to rely on just virtual secretary jobs? Finding a temporary job in London is also a fantastic way to put your PA or EA skills to good use.

The Process

Tiger Recruitment offers clients high-quality virtual assistants in London and beyond, which is why our vetting process is stringent. If you want to be put forward for a virtual PA job, you will undergo a face-to-face interview with one of our consultants and complete skills testing before being placed in a position. You’ll also satisfy the following:

  • Experience working as a virtual PA
  • Full connectivity (e.g. smartphone, Skype, high-speed internet and a computer with the MS Office suite)
  • Four professional references
  • Sign an NDA and be happy to adhere to strict quality control methods
  • Complete full MS Office and typing tests


Finding a virtual PA job in the UK through Tiger Virtual is a simple and stress-free process. Instead of investing time in developing your own list of clients, we bring them to you.

Bookings can range from a few hours a week to a full-time project or even permanent, full-time work, depending on the requirements.

Our established payroll system means you don’t need to chase invoices – we’ll look after the entire process, ensuring you receive your hourly rate and any agreed expenses in a timely manner.


Are you looking to hire a virtual assistant? Tiger Virtual has an ever-growing database of experienced, vetted and trustworthy virtual assistants who are ready to work.

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