Social Mobility Commission: ‘Retail can stop people getting left behind’

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Those from less privileged backgrounds are in real danger of being left behind – but retail can help change that, writes Alexandra Sufit, head of employer communications at the Social Mobility Commission.

Given the impact of Covid-19 on those from lower socio-economic backgrounds in recent months, it is now more important than ever that we focus our efforts to ensure they aren’t left behind. 

Nearly 126,000 job losses, hundreds of store closures and the shift towards online shopping are already reshaping the retail workforce. 

Meanwhile, a culture of part-time working, temporary contracts and below-average wages make retail workers particularly vulnerable to tough economic conditions.

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