Retail Employment

Retail Employment: BRC

  • Retail employment rose by 1.8% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with a year earlier, driven entirely by part-time workers and predominantly in food retailers.
  • In the first quarter of 2013, the number of outlets rose by 1.4%, having fallen in the previous quarter.
  • In March, there were 253 more stores in our sample compared with March last year, driven entirely by food retailers.
  • Four in five retailers intend to increase or keep staffing levels unchanged in the next three months.

Retail employment rising

Retail Employment Monitor, Q3: BRC

  • Retail employment rose by 2.9% in the third quarter of 2012 compared with a year earlier, the fastest growth in two years – equivalent to 20,533 additional full-time jobs in our sampled retailers
  • The increase in jobs was driven by part-time workers, particularly in the grocery sector
  • The number of outlets and full-time jobs fell in non-food retailing

Decline in retail outlets

BRC Retail Employment Monitor Q2 2012

  • The survey showed a decline in the number of retail outlets, falling by 0.5% compared with the previous year
  • Retail employment (effectively total hours worked) rose by 1.8% compared with the same quarter in 2011, with the fastest growth from part-time workers
  • The proportion of retailers suggesting that they will decrease staffing levels over the next quarter has fallen to just 4% compared with 25% for the same period last year

Retail employment rises

British Retail Consortium employment monitor

  • In the first quarter of 2012, retail employment rose by 0.4% compared with the same quarter a year earlier, the equivalent of 3,011 more full-time jobs.
  • During the same period the number of retail outlets grew by 4.9%, a net increase of 858 shops.