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Demand for retail staff declines

Demand for retail staff fell in April, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) Report on Jobs has shown.

While demand for recruitment from other sectors - such as the public sector, engineering, and IT and computing - demonstrated growing rates of demand, retail was the only category to record lower demand for permanent workers.

The report did not reveal specific figures for the levels of demand for staff across different sectors.

The REC urged jobseekers to look outside the retail sector for employment as online shopping continues to grow.

REC director of policy, Tom Hadley, said: “Following the recent headlines about high street closures, it’s unsurprising to see demand for retail staff falling this month. 

”With consumers increasingly shopping online, it’s a good time for retail workers to think about how their skills translate into other areas within the business - for example, recruiters say there’s huge demand for staff in IT, and there is also a shortage of order pickers and packers. Helping people make career transitions will become increasingly important in this fast-changing business and employment landscape. 

“For employers, the challenge is to stay ahead of the competition to maintain and enhance your workforce. This is about more than just pay, it is about providing progression opportunities and a positive workplace culture. As recruitment gets harder the only solution for employers is to get better at attracting and retaining the right skills and staff.”

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