Saturday, September 13, 2008

United Kingdom: Research Suggests Older Workers Key to Retail Industry

According to new research by Skillsmart Retail, older employees are likely to be more loyal and stay in the retail sector long term. Following a survey by the Sector Skills Council into the attitude of retail workers that found that although while one-third of the retail workforce is under 25, employees in their 30's, 40's and 50's saw their jobs as much more permanent, Skillsmart Retail undertook a larger piece of research investigating the importance of older workers in an ageing population and shrinking labour pool.

The "Adult Retail Employment Survey" carried out in August 2008 by TNS Research found that 63% of 35-64 year-olds saw themselves continuing in retail for the foreseeable future-- nearly twice the average of that of all ages (37 per cent)--and that just 17% of 35-64 year-olds saw retail as a temporary phase, compared to the average figure of 41%.

Karen Charlesworth, Head of Research at Skillsmart Retail, said: "While more research needs to be carried out, this age group may be a key way of increasing the skills base in the industry and we are now looking into expanding our research in order to investigate this further."

Source: Skillsmart Retail News Releae (September 10, 2008)

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