With Christmas trading as depressing as it is, it's no wonder so many people are already thinking about jumping ship and looking for a new job with a clean slate in the new year.
As like-for-like sales plummet, recruitment agencies are gearing up for their peak business period in January. The only problem is that the high street is owned by so few people there just isn't the talent pool to poach from nowadays.
The rules are apparently these - Baugur businesses must not poach from other Baugur businesses - that rules out Oasis, Warehouse, Principles, Karen Millen, Whistles, Coast, House of Fraser, MK One, Jane Norman and Shoe Studio poaching from each other, while no one at New Look is on the market until they can cash in their lucrative share options when a refinancing or sale of the business finally goes through. This is unlikely to happen before next summer. That leaves Arcadia and the wrath of Sir Philip Green - whether Baugur would steal staff from their old pal is uncertain and Sir Tom Hunter's relationships with the key retail bosses may also mean his staff are off limits.
Don't let this put you off your search for the dream job though. The answer is easy, don't wait for headhunters to call you, be proactive and fire off your CV to the recruitment agencies who are all complaining about their shortlists getting ever shorter and shorter. Alternatively check out the Drapers Online jobs section.