Nearly 70,000 jobs are to be created in retail over the next year, accordingto a survey of some of the sector’s biggest employers. The study by Retail Human Resources finds there will be 66,500 new jobs inthe sector over the forthcoming 12 months. The survey is based on responses from 50 of the largest retailers, includingDebenhams, Woolworth’s, Safeway, Tescoand Gap. Peter Burgess, managing director of RHR, said the survey covers 34 per centof the total retail workforce and if the anticipated employment increases arerepeated across the entire industry, the actual number of new jobs would bemore than 100,000. “The most common comments [among companies surveyed] concerned the needto get a more diverse workforce, particularly with regard to age,” hesaid. Ruth di Mambro, recruitment manager for Debenhams, believes the jobs growthacross the sector means employers have to be increasingly creative in the waythey recruit staff. She said: “The marketplace continues to be challenging to recruit andretain the best people in retail stores and head offices. A focus on diversityis more important as the age and make-up of the population changes. “The key age groups that retail recruits from are decreasing, so weneed to become more open-minded in the way we recruit.” Di Mambro said that employers also need to think laterally about retainingemployees. “Last year Debenhams introduced several flexible working policies,including the opportunity to work part-time, flexible hours as well as thechance to buy and sell holidays. These have been very successful in employeeretention. www.retailhumanresources.comBy Ben Willmott Previous Article Next Article Retail set for 70,000 jobs boostOn 26 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
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