Over the next three months, three-fifths of retailers are planning to take on more staff, compared to 54 per cent at the same time last year, a study has found.
The British retail Consortium (BRC)-Bond Pearce Retail Employment Monitor found retail employment is up 2.1 per cent for the third quarter of this year, compared to the same period 12 months ago.
No businesses in the sector expect to cut the number of individuals they employ before the end of the year, which contrasts to last year when 8 per cent of the sample said they anticipated reducing the amount of employees.
Stephen Robertson, BRC director general, said the results of the survey provide up-to-the-minute evidence of the investment in people by the retail industry.
"The results of our latest monitor again demonstrate the vital role that the retail sector is playing in driving economic recovery," added Christina Tolvas-Vincent, head of retail employment at business law firm Bond Pearce.
Earlier this week, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis warned up to 500,000 jobs could be lost in the private sector as firms could now lose out on business following the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
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