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Retail, logistics can bring unemployment down


The retail and logistics industries are among the key job markets that can help bring UK unemployment figures down, according to new research.

Employment group Working Links’ jobs bulletin, The Pulse, suggests there have been an increasing number of vacancies in the retail and logistics sectors in recent months, with the latter the fastest growing market of any sector at 34.9 per cent year-on-year.

The Pulse was published to coincide with this month’s Official for National Statistics (ONS) data - from which it extracts some of its figures – and the latest update showed that unemployment jumped to 2.5 million in the three months to October.

A statement from Working Links said: “As the UK unemployment level continues to fluctuate, transport and logistics is officially the sector that has seen the greatest jobs growth.

“But employment and skills provider Working Links is finding an increasing number of vacancies in the successful retail, hospitality and care industries.

“Overall, vacancies across Great Britain have increased by 24.8 per cent since the same period last year.”

Working Links’ report indicates that the largest increase in all vacancies has been in north-west England, with the West Midlands reporting the slowest growth.

Unsurprisingly, considering the austerity measures announced by the government this autumn, the figures show that the public sector has been hit the hardest in recent months.

Working Links Director Karen Masterson commented: “Each region across Britain is different but we are constantly seeing the hospitality, care and retail sector hiring more frequently than any other.

“More often than not, employers are looking at hiring candidates who have soft skills - those who are reliable, flexible and who have a good work ethic - rather than reams of qualifications.”

Published on Tuesday 21 December by Editorial Assistant

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