The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has partnered with flexible working recruitment agency Timewise to roll out a flexible job design programme.
The initiative will target retailers to help part-time workers develop their careers and gain opportunities for progression.
John Lewis and Tesco are among five retailers that have been piloting the scheme with Timewise over the past 18 months, along with B&Q, Cook and Dixons Carphone.
BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said: “[Flexibility] is the second most important reason to work in retail, but in some cases this is a trade-off that may hold some people back from fulfilling their potential or optimising their pay.
“It is important that these part-time workers are able to progress within organisations when they choose to, and we’re working in partnership with Timewise to support retailers with the task of delivering these opportunities in flexible ways. Such collaboration is important to ensure retail remains an attractive industry to work and grow in.”
Timewise joint chief executive Emma Stewart added: “With a post-Brexit labour market in sight, robust flexible working strategies, where jobs are designed with their people in mind, are what will create a win-win situation for UK retailers – from being able to attract the best possible people, maximising the skills of their existing talent, ensuring career progression, and addressing challenges such as low productivity and gender equality.”