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Graduate retail jobs an attractive option for university leavers

Published: Tuesday, 24 July 2007   Category: Retail

More university leavers are viewing graduate retail jobs as a high quality career path, new research has found.

Around 30 per cent of retail employees now have some form of university education be it a first degree or a post graduate qualification, reports onrec.com

The research, compiled by Retailchoice, shows that employees in the sector are increasingly ambitious with 48 per cent hoping to become upwardly mobile. Only nine per cent believed there would be no room for progression in their jobs.

Mike Convey, website director for Retailchoice.com said: "It’s great to see that on the whole, the retail workforce is happier, more motivated and feels that the sector has something to offer them long-term.

"The challenge for the industry in the longer term is to communicate these benefits to a wider audience, championing retail through contact with schools and universities," he added

A recent survey by National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) and the Higher Education Careers Services Unit claimed that graduate retail jobs were not winning over university leavers and that the industry could face a 'management crisis'.

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