Retail employment

Retail employment Monitor: BRC

  • Retail employment rose by 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with a year earlier, driven entirely by part-time workers.
  • In fourth quarter 2012, the number of outlets fell 3.6%, the fastest rate since the Monitor started in October 2008.
  • In December, there were 573 fewer stores in our sample compared with last year.
  • Half of retailers suggested that they would decrease staffing levels in the first quarter of 2013 compared with just a third at the same time last year.

Crime against businesses

Crime against businesses: Headline findings from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey: Home Office

  • There were 9.2 million crimes against the four sectors covered by the 2012 CVS in the year prior to interview.
  • The majority of these (7.7 million) were experienced by premises in the wholesale and retail sector, which is the largest of the four sectors covered.
  • Premises in the wholesale and retail sector also experienced the highest rate of crime of the sectors (19,701 incidents per 1,000 premises) covered in the survey, mostly driven by shoplifting offences.
  • There were a total of 4.1 million incidents of shoplifting estimated from the survey, almost half the total number of crimes across all four sectors covered by the survey.
  • Manufacturing premises experienced relatively low rates of crime across all crime types compared with other sectors.
  • Transportation and storage premises had the highest rate of vehicle-related theft (506 incidents per 1,000 premises over the year).
  • Accommodation and food premises experienced the highest rate of assaults and threats (2,073 incidents per 1,000 premises over the year).

Private Sector Employment Indicator

Private Sector Employment Indicator Q1 (FEB- APR) 2012

  • In Quarter 1 2012, the private sector employment indicator in London, South East and East stood at 60.1 per cent, remaining broadly unchanged compared with the same quarter a year ago.
  • In the same quarter, the indicator for the rest of England saw a statistically significant increase of 1.1 ppts to 55.1 per cent compared with the same quarter a year ago. This increase was driven by a rise in private sector employment and falls in inactivity and public sector employment.
  • England as whole registered a statistically significant rise (0.8ppt) in the indicator on the same quarter a year ago, mainly as a result of rising private sector employment and declining inactivity. All English regions experienced a rise in the indicator with the North East recording the largest increase

Unemployment

Labour Market Statistics, January 2013: ONS

  • The unemployment rate for September to November 2012 was 7.7% of the economically active population, down 0.1 from June to August 2012.
  • There were 2.49 million unemployed people, down 37,000 from June to August 2012.
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for September to November 2012 was 71.4%, up 0.1 from June to August 2012.
  • There were 29.68 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 90,000 from June to August 2012.
  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for September to November 2012 was 22.5%, unchanged from June to August 2012.
  • There were 9.03 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 13,000 from June to August 2012.