Third-quarter retail employment fell by 2.eight% year-on-year, the equal of round 85,000 jobs, marking the 15th consecutive quarter of decline within the retail workforce.
In line with the most recent figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), full-time employment noticed a lower of four.5% in comparison with the lower in part-time workers of 1.5%.
Complete hours additionally fell by 2.6%, with full-time hours seeing a higher discount at three.2% than part-time hours (2.zero%). The BRC mentioned this represents a “slight acceleration” within the fall in employment, with the full variety of workers falling by 2.three% in Q2 and complete hours falling by 2.5%.
Nonetheless, it additionally discovered that 62% of outlets indicated plans to extend employees within the coming quarter, above the comparable determine of 43% final yr. No retailers surveyed expressed plans to scale back employment ranges, as in comparison with 21% final yr.
Helen Dickinson, chief government of the BRC, mentioned: “We’ve seen a persistent downwards pattern in retail employment over the previous three years, with the Q3 fall of two.eight% equal to a lack of 85,000 individuals throughout the UK retail trade within the previous 12 months.
“Weak shopper demand and Brexit uncertainty proceed to place stress on retailers already targeted on delivering the transformation going down within the trade. Whereas MPs rail in opposition to job losses in manufacturing, their response to bigger losses in retail has remained muted.”
She added: “The federal government ought to enact insurance policies that allow retailers to speculate extra within the thousands and thousands of people that select to construct their careers in retail. With a view to promote innovation, coaching and productiveness, g overnment should reform each the damaged enterprise charges system, and the inflexibilities of the apprenticeship levy.
“It will permit retailers to deal with enhancing their digital and bodily choices for purchasers, assist the event of workers and guarantee excessive streets stay numerous and thrilling locations for everybody.”