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Retail Candidates Pickier than Ever


Data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, today reveals that despite an increase in retail jobs, application rates have failed to maintain the same growth, drastically reducing candidate choice for businesses.

The latest statistics from the job site indicate that candidates are becoming increasingly selective and despite an increase in jobs, retail workers need more persuading to apply for industry vacancies. June’s figures reveal that job postings for retail roles have risen by 1.2% year-on-year, yet applications for these roles have dropped by 18.1% in the same period, resulting in an overall deficit of 19.1% in terms of the number of applications per role.

This is concerning news for the retail industry – whilst an employer could expect to receive 37.3 candidates per role in June 2014, comparable data for June 2015 shows that this number has reduced to 30.2, meaning businesses have less choice during the hiring process. The data uncovers a growing challenge in the retail industry, one that puts the responsibility on retailers to attract candidates.

“In the last few years UK retailers have implemented a number of incentive and benefit schemes to improve employee satisfaction, and the same needs to be done to improve talent acquisition,” says Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library. “Candidates across the nation have become more selective in their job search and our recent data shows that the retail sector is particularly prone to picky candidates. It’s essential that businesses do more to attract the right talent for their vacancies, which will ultimately improve candidate choice.”

The good news is that CV-Library has over 1.2 million job hunters seeking retail work, meaning there are plenty of candidates available to fill roles.

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