Retailers across the UK have urged the Government to avoid another lockdown following the massive job losses in the country’s retail sector.
In fact, as per media reports, the number of retail jobs in the UK has slumped by 67,000 in last 3 months of 2020. Importantly, it is the lowest since 1999.
The three months, which ended 31 December 2020, have witnessed 3.09 million jobs in retail sector thereby indicating a year-on-year fall of 67,000.
British Retail Consortium, better known as BRC, has warned that if stores do not open after 12 April 2021, then the numbers could be worse.
More on this Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive, BRC, said that while pandemic had eaten away several retail jobs last year owing to multiple lockdowns, 600,000 retail workers are still on furlough – up by 200,000 since December 2020.
Urging the Government to take immediate steps to prevent another lockdown, Helen said that retail is the largest private sector employer in the UK and its grow this integral to the growth of country’s economy.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a gradual roadmap for reopening stores,which will see pandemic restrictions eased over four steps spread across at least four months.
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