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Retail can plug employment gap, says BRC


Following the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review last week, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) is promoting retail’s ability to plug the forthcoming employment gap.

Almost 500,000 jobs in the public sector will be lost over the next four years and as one of the key private sector employers, retail will be expected to soak up some of those made redundant.

In a report to be launched at a parliamentary reception next Tuesday, the BRC is set to argue that retail is more than ready to meet the employment demand.

Stephen Robertson, BRC Director General, said: “The retail sector is one of the biggest creators of jobs in the UK.

“Our report shows retailers investing massively in developing those jobs into successful careers. With nearly half a million jobs set to be shed from the public sector, retail’s role in creating quality employment has never been more important.”

The reception hosted by the Business Secretary Vince Cable and is expected to be attended by more than 200 MPs, MEPs, Peers and retail industry figures.

‘Retail in Society: Britian’s Favourite Job’ will highlight the investments made by retail companies in increasing UK employment and point out that yesterday’s rising retail employment figures published by the BRC show retail is the biggest private sector job creator.

Robertson added: “Retail employment has now risen year on year for ten months in a row. We need politicians of all parties to help us continue that trend by restraining their regulatory urges and holding back on imposing new costs.”

Published on Friday 29 October by Editorial Assistant

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