This sector, crucial to the UK’s economy, offers a diverse mix of opportunities in a range of areas. The retail sector is the UK’s largest private sector employer with 2.9 million employees. 66% of all retail employees work for the largest 75 retail companies. By the end of 2017, the UK will have 3.3 million retail employees, according to Retail Appointment. The retail industry is vital to the UK economy; in 2015 alone, it generated £340billion worth of retail sales. It is the largest private sector employer with approximately 290,315 bricks and mortar retail outlets in the UK, saying nothing for all of its online operations, according to Prospects.
To improve your employability, consider joining a professional body or special interest group. Professional bodies often have free or low-cost student memberships and many include careers information and member directories on their websites.
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