Retail employment enjoys strongest growth since December 2009 in second quarter of 2013
Retail employment in the UK recorded the strongest growth since December 2009 in the second quarter of 2013, according to data released by the British Retail Consortium.
The BRC-Bond Dickinson Retail Employment Monitor found that retail employment increased by 3.7% iin the quarter compared to the same period a year earlier.
The monitor also shows that the number of retail outlets rose by 1.5%, driven entirely by food retailers, although the number of non-food stores continued to decline. There was also a marginal improvement in retailers' employment intentions compared with the same period last year.
While 80% of retailers questioned said they intended to keep staffing levels unchanged in the third quarter of 2013, a further 16% suggested that they would increase the number of people they employ.
Helen Dickinson, BRC 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.
“Retail employs more people than any other private sector industry, and is a major source of jobs for younger people. The boost in employment we have seen today will therefore be particularly welcome news for everyone entering the market this summer and looking to start a rewarding career in retail with one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative industries.
“The small increase in intention to employ is also significant. Almost all those surveyed intend to employ more people or have the same number of people working for them over the next three months. This means that four times as many retailers are looking to increase employment in the coming months as are looking to decrease it.”
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