The retail sector is buzzing according the latest statistics showing a healthy 3.7% growth in the employment within this area during Q2. This is mirrored by the recent buoyant UK employment figures announced just a couple of weeks ago. This gain represents the sixth consecutive quarter of job growth and the strongest rise since December 2009.
This is great news for the economy fundamentally but for the sector which has been waiting for a boost in success for some time. Food is leading the positive trend whereby it has seen a 1.5% increase, equating to 263 small outlet openings alone, lead mainly by smaller convenient store-type businesses. This indicates a spread of top opportunities for employment in this sector from seniors and professionals at head and regional offices right down to shop floor assistants.
Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said: “This is the best result we’ve seen for retail jobs since 2009 and it adds to the recent positive news on the labour market from ONS. While we know that there is considerable regional variation in retail performance and footfall, these new jobs provide further evidence that a consumer recovery is starting to take shape.”
It has shown that 80% of retailers say they will keep staffing levels unchanged in the third quarter against 83% last year, with general mood being very positive for employment and business growth. Therefore those looking to gain entry into this type of work, whether from the ground up, it appears to be a great time to apply for work in this sector and the possible career opportunities that are now opening up.
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