Retail jobs fall even as UK employment rises: BRC

13 Sep '19
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Despite 463,000 jobs being added to UK economy as a whole in the second quarter of 2019 compared to a year ago, the retail industry instead saw a decline of 57,000 jobs, making it the fifth consecutive quarter of decline for retail employment, said British Retail Consortium (BRC) responding to the latest Official National Statistics retail jobs figures for Q2.

"This trend in retail employment is a result of changing shopping habits, weak consumer demand and rising costs for the industry. But while there are fewer jobs overall in retail, the technological revolution has also meant that new roles are being created in fields such as AI, digital marketing and data science, said Dr Liliana Danila, economist at the British Retail Consortium in a press release.

Retail remains the largest private sector employer in the UK, so it is vital that Government supports the industry to make the necessary investment  to adapt to changing consumer trends. Retail continues to play a crucial role to the UK economy, providing job opportunities across the whole of the UK, including less well-off areas, offering millions of people local jobs and flexible hours.

The business rate system holds back investment, reduces productivity and increases regional disparities. Currently, retail accounts for 5 per cent of the economy, yet pays 10 per cent of all business taxes and 25 per cent of business rates – it is simply unsustainable. The Government must address the much needed reforms to this broken tax system before more jobs are lost and stores are closed." (PC)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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