The number of people working in the non-food sector, including fashion retail, rose during the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest figures.
The British Retail Consortium and law firm Bond Dickinson’s quarterly Retail Employment Monitor reports that non-food businesses are hiring more workers and even opening more stores, though no non-food speficic figures are given.
They report that hours worked across non-food retailers also increased every month of the first quarter, while recovery in real wages, a robust labour market and low inflation boosted consumer confidence.
The report pointed to the popularity of click-and-collect and multichannel as a way of boosting footfall in store and continuing the steady increase.
Director general of the British Retail Consortium Helen Dickinson said the results are to be welcomed after a tough trading period in recent years.
“Not only were more hours worked across the industry but more people were working in an industry that’s busy meeting higher levels of demand. This performance is a result of an increasingly benign economic environment and a further sign that retailers feel more confident about investing for the future.”