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Retail jobs growth 'faltered' last quarter

Published: Thursday, 27 January 2011   Category: Retail

Graduate vacancies in the retail sector may not rise this month as the market for retail-based jobs "faltered" in the fourth quarter of 2010.

This data, from the BRC-Bond Pearce Retail Employment Monitor (REM), has revealed that there were only 0.6 per cent more retail jobs in the period, compared to the previous year.

The study also revealed that 58 per cent of respondents said they were intending to keep staff levels at the same amount, suggesting that not many graduate vacancies will open.

Stephen Robertson, the director general of the British Retail Consortium, said due to the economic downturn and adverse weather conditions, the number of hours worked by retail employees was down by 1.5 per cent.

"December was a difficult trading month for some retailers. Overall, employment growth faltered in December because stores were less busy so there were fewer working hours than the previous year," he said.

Many retail companies offer wide-ranging graduate schemes: last month, Sainsbury's supermarket and clothing retail conglomerate launched their graduate employment programmes.

Find graduate jobs at gradplus.com

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