Retail

What's it all about?

It’s obvious, isn’t it? Everyone knows it’s all about shops – but even though shops are the major part of this sector, there is a huge choice of other jobs. Retail work ranges from high street charity shops to massive shopping centres – it also includes mail order, internet shopping and farmers’ markets.

The majority of careers in retail can be covered by just nine general job descriptions:

  • Customer Service (handling customer enquiries and complaints and resolving problems).
  • Developing people (recruiting, developing and training staff).
  • Finance (financial management, administration or IT).
  • Management (responsible for the effective day to day operation of the organisation).
  • Merchandising (deciding what products and lines shops should stock and how to display them).
  • Operations (dealing with customers eg sales).
  • Product experts (working with specific products or lines like a demonstrator).
  • Sourcing (finding stock).
  • Stock Management (planning and managing stock movement)

So if you see a job in retail you are interested in, ask for a copy of the job description – it’ll help you understand it much better!

Compare jobs you like and see if they are predicted to grow

To find out what you will earn in different jobs (you can put in up to three) and see other facts including whether this job is predicted to grow in the UK, use the Careerometer which is on the left of each Job Sector page (yellow box).

Is this a predicted growth area in the South of England?

The Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been asked to predict which job sectors will grow. This information could help you develop your skills and gain qualifications for specific job roles, sectors or particular places where there are likely to be opportunities. No growth doesn't mean there are no jobs but growth does mean there are likely to be more jobs!

There are opportunities in this sector due to the significant growth in the online market, start-up of small businesses and the expansion of central depots for warehousing and distribution.  Even with more online shopping there are still openings in retail outlet and the possibility of a great career in this sector, whether you work for a company or want to start up on your own.

Oxford and Thames valley - There are no specific predictions or priorities from the local LEPs regarding this sector.

Solent -  There are no specific predictions or priorities from the local LEPs regarding this sector.

South West - The Local Enterprise Partnerships identify retail as important to visitors to the South West, which also includes tourism and hospitality. There are opportunities in this sector due to the significant growth in the online market, start-up of small businesses and the expansion of central depots for warehousing and distribution.

Find out more about growth industries in the South of England.

Find out detailed information about employment in the West of England 2015 for RETAIL.

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