Director of labour market enforcement Sir David Metcalf has called on the government to embargo UK factories which fail to pay workers a minimum wage.
Retail job cuts have hit their highest rate since records began nearly a decade ago thanks in part to automation and wage increases.
390 jobs have been axed at fast fashion retailer New Look amid efforts to rebalance levels of senior and junior staff.
Amazon is set to open its third fulfilment centre in the North West of England, creating thousands of jobs and bringing the retailers investment in the UK to £6.4 billion since 2010.
Retail leaders in the UK have expressed criticism over the new apprenticeship levy after a 61 per cent drop in people starting an apprenticeship.
The online revolution has squeezed another 62,000 jobs out of the UK retail sector last year, according to new research.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has launched a new initiative alongside Timewise aimed at driving gender diversity in managerial roles.
Retail workers are reportedly among the unhappiest in the UK in terms of pay, according to a new survey by jobs site Adzuna.
One of the UK's biggest unions is urging the government to extend the national living wage to younger workers, otherwise they risk being "left behind".
Every sector has its drawbacks, but a recent study by Glass Door revealed that four out of the 10 companies voted as the worst places to work in the UK by employees were retailers. This compares to just one in the top 10.