Posted 31st Oct 2018

Retail employment on a ‘downward’ trend

By KBBDaily on 31st October 2018 - 10:25am
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The latest British Retail Consortium – BRC – Retail Employment Monitor for the third quarter of 2018 has found that retail employment is on a “downward” trend, with hours in the industry declining over the period by 2.1%.

According to the BRC, the hours lost in the third quarter were mainly full-time hours as retailers use their part-time work force “more flexibly”, offering additional hours instead of increasing full-time roles.

More than 20% of retailers said they plan to reduce staff in the coming quarter, compared with none saying the same in the third quarter last year. More than 35% said they plan to increase staffing – down from the 50% in Q3 2017 – while 43% said they weren’t planning on making any changes.

“The retail industry, the country's largest private sector employer, continues to be under considerable pressure,” said BRC CEO Helen Dickinson. “While pay is growing much faster than in other industries, employment in retail continues to fall.

“And there are challenging times ahead, with a fifth of retailers indicating plans to reduce staff ahead of retail’s busiest quarter, when normally they would be looking to increase headcount,” she added.


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