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Published on August 11th, 2015 | by The GC Team


Retail candidates pickier than ever, says independent job board

Data from the UK’s independent job board CV-Library has revealed that despite an increase in retail jobs, application rates have failed to maintain the same growth, thereby reducing the choice of candidates for retail roles.

The latest statistics from the job site indicate that candidates are becoming increasingly selective and people need more persuading to apply for retail industry vacancies.

“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,” said 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.”

Figures for June show that job postings for retail roles rose 1.2% year-on-year, yet applications for the roles dropped by 18.1% in the same period, which CV-Library said results in an overall deficit of 19.1% in terms of the number of applications per role.

CV-Library said 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 reduced to 30.2, meaning businesses have less choice during the hiring process.

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