What are the top 10 skills of a Retail employee?

Working in Retail builds some invaluable skills for your future career. Read on to understand how these skills can be transferred to other industries and further your career!

2018 is proving to be a challenging year for the majority of retailers. Winter storms brought disruption to the UK retail market in the first quarter, but the second quarter saw an improvement due to the World Cup and Royal Wedding. The interest rise in August coupled with the falling pound can possibly impact the consumer’s ability to spend in the remaining months of 2018.

‘In the past six months, about 1,200 shops run by major chains have either shut or are at risk of closure’ (Source). With the increasing closures of high street stores, it can be expected to see almost 22,000 jobs being hit during 2018. (Source).

However, it’s not all doom and gloom! Brands are going through a period of restructuring, finding innovative ways to move away from the conventional high street stores. ‘Online now accounts for almost 20% of retail sales’ (Source).

We’re not witnessing the demise of the UK’s retail industry, but simply an evolution!

So as the industry evolves, workers need to evolve with it. As more brands are focusing on online sales, employees working in high street stores could look at moving into digital and head office roles. This is proving extremely popular, with over 15,000 social media jobs being posted on LinkedIn within the last month!


Top retail employee skills


Working in the retail industry provides you with some great experience and helps to develop valuable skills that are desirable to employers that may or may not be in the retail industry.

Take part in our Retail Salary & Employment Survey 2018

We asked our retail recruitment specialists to highlight the top 10 transferable skills of a retail employee.

top 10 skills of a retail employee

As you can see, these skills can be successfully used in numerous roles throughout various industries and sectors. Matthew Rose, a digital marketing and content professional believes people with retail experience make great social media managers.


       retail experience social media manager


Considering the current state of the retail industry, as a retail employee, it’s important to know that there is no need to panic! If you find yourself in a position where you need to look for a new job, you probably have many skills that employers are looking for. You may want to change industry, and as highlighted above, your transferable skills will allow you to do that!

At Detail2Recruitment we have specialist recruitment consultants covering a variety of sectors. If you need help looking for a new role, send us your CV HERE or call us on 033 023 0045.


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