The retail industry is vital to the UK economy. In 2018 it generated £381 billion worth of retail sales, but what is retail? The retail industry encompasses shops, department stores, supermarkets, market stalls, door-to-door salespeople and internet retailers. The industry is responsible for the distribution of finished products to the public.

Retail includes all shops and stores that sell goods to shoppers, i.e., the ultimate consumer. In addition to traditional bricks-and-mortar shops, the retail sector includes mail-order and online businesses. Retailers are involved in B2C transactions. B2C stands for business-to-consumer.

If you are either looking to source a new member of your Retail Team or are a candidate looking for that perfect placement? Please use the Contact Us facility at the bottom of this page to get in touch with us.  Our experienced professionals are at hand to assist you to fulfil your employment needs in a sector that has rapidly growing demands.


There are 192,000 VAT-registered retailers in the UK, which collectively operate 290,315 retail outlets. The British retail sector employs over 3 million people, of which 52% are female and almost a third of which are under 25.  The retail industry is vital to the UK economy.  In 2018 it generated £381 billion worth of retail sales.  The online share of overall retail sales is currently 16%, up from around 9% in 2012.

The retail industry pays some of the highest graduate starting salaries, with an average figure of £30,000. However, some employers can pay considerably more than this.  For example, one well known food outlets Graduate Trainee Area Manager Scheme has a starting salary of £47,000 to £73,000 depending on experience.

You can enter retail management without a degree and work your way up, although an undergraduate qualification will significantly improve your chances. Business studies and retail management degrees will be beneficial if you’re trying to get a store manager role or higher.


Retail sales are an important economic indicator because consumer spending drives much of our economy.  Think of all of the people and companies involved in producing, distributing, and selling the goods you use on a daily basis like food, clothes, fuel, and so on.

Most experts agree that hiring the right people from the start is the single best way to reduce employee turnover.  Interviewing and vetting candidates carefully is extremely important.  Not to just ensure they have the right skills but also that they will fit in well with the company culture, managers and co-workers.

So, choosing the correct type of person with the necessary skills and energy, or for candidates to find the best environment that matches their qualifications, skills and career aspirations is extremely important.  Finding a recruitment specialist who understands and appreciates how the Retail Industry works is paramount.  We will provide you with the support you’ve been looking for.  Allow us to help find that perfect new member of your Retail Team or if you are a candidate, find that career placement you’ve been dreaming of.

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