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Recruitive reports fall in advertised retail vacancies

The number of retail vacancies advertised in February fell sharply following a surge in January, according to Recruitive.

Richard Clarke, managing director at Recruitive, commented, “With the exception of distribution and veterinary, the number of vacancies across all industry sectors, advertised via our software, experienced a decline in February.  However, in comparison to February of 2015, the overall number of vacancies increased by almost 12%, with an increase of 21% for the retail sector.


“The decline in the number of retail job vacancies advertised in February is not completely unexpected as retailers look to cut costs ahead of the introduction of the living wage from April.  We have certainly experienced an increase in the number of enquiries from retailers who are looking improve their recruiting efficiencies and we would urge others to do the same.”

Carla Fern, operations director, said, “The imminent increasing spend on wages means that it’s more important than ever before for retailers to ensure they are not spending more than they need to be on hiring the right employees.  Implementing a system which automates as much of the process as possible will not only save valuable time but will also enhance the candidates’ journey by acknowledging their application, regardless of the outcome.”

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