The Sales and Retail sector employs 3m workers in the UK and plays a significant role in employment as well as economic life – it is said that 40% of adults have worked in the sector at some point in their lives.
In both sectors, staff remain one of the major costs and quality of the worker a critical factor for commercial success. Financial success depends on efficient workforce management, including the use of flexible staffing. The REC’s Tracking Survey has shown that employers are highly satisfied with their agencies, while keen for them to improve their services by providing the right quality of motivated staff. Temporary workers in this sector are also satisfied with the service their agencies provide.
The REC Recruitment Census provides a detailed profile of the UK recruitment industry. According to the 2006 survey report, the Sales and Retail sector involved 2,410 agency businesses. Of these, 66% were single site businesses, 22% were branches of a network and 13% were head offices.
Recognising this sector as a significant contributor to the economy as a whole and our members who play an active part in supporting and supplying their clients, the REC now feel it is the right time to launch this division specifically to represent its members engaged in these activities.
All of us engaged in this division look forward to representing members, and we hope to grow and extend our representation over the coming months and years.
Chair, REC Sales and Retail
- The Changing Nature of the Sales Professional - Antony Wroe PDF file - 58K