It’s been well documented for the last number of years how the high street has struggled in competition with online sales.
But, as we reach the end of February, has there been any changes in performance to the start of 2020?
BBC news reported on 21 February, a strong bounce back for retail sales in January, after seeing a poor 2019.
And according to The Office for National Statistics (ONS), the amount of goods sold in Great Britain rose by 0.9%, after falls in the previous two months.
Sales were boosted by "moderate growth" by food retailers, which saw sales rise 1.7% during the period, while non-food retail sales also rose, increasing by 1.3% for the month.
Clothing sales also saw significant improvements, with clothes and footwear sales up 3.9% for the month, while department stores reported a 1.6% increase in sales.
But, what can this sector offer you in the career industry?
A career in retail offers a variety of opportunities and levels of responsibility. So, whether you’re searching for a small part-time job or managerial positions, this sector could have exactly what you’re looking for.
Day to day jobs will vary depending on your role. From responding to client queries and providing product information to making sales and handling customer complaints.
You can work for any kind of retailer from a small, independently run shop to a large, chain brand with stores across the country or even the world.
When it comes to sales, all the sectors you can think of have opportunities. Technology, fashion, food... You name it, there’s a retail job in pretty much anything!
And after looking at the stats on our site, it appears to be a good time to be looking for a job in this sector.
For the last 12 months, we have seen a rise in the availability of retail jobs and a decrease in jobseeker demand.
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