BRC calls for reform as 85,000 retail jobs are lost in a year

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The British Retail Consortium has called on the government to reform business rates and fix the apprenticeship levy, after the equivalent of 85,000 retail jobs were lost year on year.

The sharp drop in the number of people employed between July and September represented a 2.8% drop in jobs compared to the same period a year ago – and marked the 15th consecutive quarter of year-on-year decline in the industry’s workforce.

The latest BRC employment figures revealed that the number of people in full-time employment across the industry dropped 4.5%, while the number of part-time workers slipped 1.5%. 

Total retail hours also fell 2.6% year-on-year, with full-time hours taking a 3.2% hit, compared to a 2% reduction in part-time hours.

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