Personal care assistant

Personal assistant
Social work and caring services

Career outlook for personal care assistant

Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

As a personal assistant you would support your disabled employer to live an independent life. Personal assistants are employed privately. People can receive funding from the local authority to employ their own support staff. 

You could assist a variety of people such as: 

  • elderly people 
  • disabled people 
  • people with mental health conditions 
  • people with learning difficulties  
  • children 

You could work as part of a team of support workers or independently. You could work for more than one employer. You could be self-employed. 

Your daily tasks would be determined by your employer depending on their needs. You would not need to make decisions for your employer. You would support your employer to meet their identified goals. Your employer will identify their needs and objectives with you – your role will be to support them to meet their objectives. This could involve supporting with: 

  • preparing meals 
  • personal hygiene needs such as taking a shower or going to the bathroom 
  • household maintenance 
  • managing medication 
  • transportation

Working conditions


Working hours can vary. They are agreed with your employer. You could be working full-time or part-time hours.


This could vary depending on the needs of your employer. Usually, you would work in the home of the person you're caring for.


You may need to travel for this position.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Building relationships
  • Listening
  • Verbal communication
  • Empathising
  • Respecting
  • Reliable
  • Taking responsibility
  • Understanding

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There are no formal qualifications for this role. Most roles will provide role specific training that meet the needs of the employers. You can find helpful courses through the Personal Assistant Network Scotland or a local independent support group. 

Useful subjects

  • English 
  • Care 
  • Human biology 
  • Skills for Work: Health and Social Care Higher 
  • FA Social Services and Healthcare 

Helpful to have

For this role, employers value people who are empathetic and understanding. Good communication and numeracy skills can also help you to stand out to employers.  

You will need to learn on the job so flexibility and the ability to adapt will be helpful.  

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