Retail is the UK’s largest private sector employer, providing 3 million jobs across the country and for many people the industry gives people their first taste of the world of work. Retail is a dynamic industry, offering vibrant careers to the people who choose to work in it. For many the attraction to retail is the flexibility it offers, allowing them to work around their other commitments and the ability to vary their week according to their needs. For others it could simply be the locality and proximity to home.
The industry is changing and this has significant implications for people working in it. Our Better Jobs initiative brings together retailers from across the industry to tackle the new challenges as they emerge. By understanding the changes underway and the interventions that can successfully shape the future, we aim to lead a dynamic, diverse workforce, augmenting retail’s reputation as inclusive employers.
Our BRC Learning initiative aims to support the industry as it ensures that colleagues have the right skills to succeed in the future. We aim to develop the current workforce, attract an important talent pipeline, demonstrate leadership through action and ensure that, within retail, employees are treated with dignity, decency, respect and receive an appropriate level of reward.