BRC calls for ‘high street rethink’ as retail employment falls


The British Retail Consortium has called on the new prime minister to “rethink the high street strategy” as retail jobs decline across the country.

The latest BRC employment figures revealed that the industry experienced the 14th consecutive quarter of year-on-year decline in its workforce, with a further 72,000 jobs being lost across the sector.

The figures showed that in the second quarter of the year, the total number of employees overall fell by 2.3%. Full-time employees saw a higher reduction in jobs of 3%, with part-time employee roles falling by 2%.

Total employment hours fell 2.5% with full-time hours seeing a slightly higher reduction of 2.7% against 2.3% for part-time employees.

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