Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Retail job market sees boom in March

Published: 4 April 2019 - Fiona Garcia

Despite uncertainty in the weeks leading up to a supposed Brexit, the retail job market has remained positive, with job vacancies, salaries and applications all seeing a rise last month.

The report from UK independent job board, CV-Library, found that average salaries for new roles in the retail sector were up by 2.4% in March, with job vacancies increasing by 2.7%.

The findings, which compared job market data from March 2019 with the previous month, also revealed that applications for new retail jobs jumped up by an impressive 14.7%.

CV-Library CEO Lee Biggins said: “Despite the fact that there’s been no real agreement set for Brexit and with masses of store closures continuing, the retail industry is enjoying positive growth in its job market. With questions still being raised about whether or not Brexit will even go ahead, our data suggests that the sector’s employers are growing in confidence and are still pulling out all the stops to attract new hires and industry professionals are reacting positively.”

In fact, the number of candidates in the retail industry registering their CVs online with CV-Library has increased by a steady 10%, suggesting that more individuals are starting to consider looking for jobs.

Mr Biggins added: “With job applications on the rise, candidates are finally starting to react to the retail industry’s jobs boom as Brexit looks set to drag out for a while longer. A huge positive for employers, this means that companies recruiting right now will have a larger pool of talent to choose from, so take advantage of this job market boom.”



07 April 2019 12:06:12
B&Q bob

Pay on the shopfloor is only up due to the rise in the NLW, conditions for employees is worse as bosses force employees to work anti social hour's and end tea breaks. B&Q has forced staff to work on until 11pm and tart at 5am despite being outside of contracted hours. If you don't like it Y dismiss you with no unions to fight your case you are bullied and mistreated with an impossible workload. 

06 April 2019 10:02:03
B&Q bob

Not if you work for BQ! Yet again to pay for the NLW rise  remove yet another benefit so the pay goes up and they remove staff store team bonus. Every time they have been forced to increase CA pay they remove a bonus or location allowance so the actual pay you have in your pocket does not increase. Despite that management finds itself getting higher pay, an extra bonus, and our departing CEO leaves with her full bonus intact despite disastrous store performance due to boards awful retail decisions. 

(Your email address will not be published)
Already Registered?
Sign In
Not Yet Registered?
Printable View E-mail Bookmark

What do you think?

Are you confident of strong garden sales this season?

Latest reader comments

re: B&Q invites suppliers to pitch at Innovation Open Day

Brian Eacersall
Hi B & Q innovations Team.I have already sent in an e-mail outlining my design using the request to become a supplier route.However I ...

re: excels in Which? website survey

Muhammad idrees
Good service and price also good...

re: Mike Ashley calls Debenhams administration a “national scandal”

m orourke
How can senior management at debenhams stay in post whilst abdicating their responsibilies to a bunch of consultants to save the buisness ...

re: B&Q and Valspar partnership to "transform the paint market in the UK"

Tony Turner
A bit of context: first decorating undertaken in 1968, have continued to decorate at DIY and professional level ever since, Wife has ...

re: Builder wins Toolstation's prize draw pick-up

Brian Easton
Brilliant delivery, much help from Daniel and Shakil...