Retail staff have fallen victim to tough economic conditions in the sector, a new report reveals.
According to the 2016 BRC Retail Employment Monitor, the number of full-time retail jobs fell 2.4% in the second quarter, compared to the same period last year.
This is the sharpest decline reported since Q2 2014 and continued the downward trend we saw in quarter one when full-time employment fell 0.9%.
The report also found that the number of stores fell by 0.4% compared with the same quarter a year ago.
This was largely driven by food retailers shutting up shop.
BRC director general Helen Dickinson said: “As an industry we are working to ensure that the jobs that remain in UK retailing are higher skilled and more productive.
“Challenging economic conditions, fierce competition between retailers, customers’ ever-changing shopping preferences, the lightning expansion of digital technology and external demands placed on retailers by government have all put pressure on the UK’s retail businesses,” she added.
“Our final Retail 2020 report will outline the steps retailers and government can take to answer to these many challenges. We all need to ensure that there are not simply fewer jobs in retailing but that the jobs that remain will be better, too.”