The number of full-time equivalent retail jobs rose by 0.8% year on year in the third quarter of 2015, according to the British Retail Consortium and law firm Bond Dickinson – the fastest rate of growth since March 2014
More than half of retailers (56%) said they expect to increase staffing levels in the next three months of this year, an increase of 14% on the same period last year.
But BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson warned of the potential impact of the new living wage increases on the recovering retail job market.
“The news that government policies could add £14bn to the retail wages, training and rates bill over the next five years casts a shadow over the possibility of future strong jobs growth,” she said.
“We will be watching the figures very closely to see how the impact of this additional burden affects employment prospects in retail going forward. A commitment from the chancellor to keep his promise of fundamental reform of rates would instil more confidence in retailers for the future.”