by Deborah Bates on March 29, 2011

posted on boyce recruitment updates,

Sales jobs could be set to rise in retail

Sales recruitment within the retail sector could increase soon, as the British retail industry is set to expand its operations into overseas territories.

That’s according to retail recruitment specialist, Lee Evans, who spoke to the Recruiter about his predictions for the industry.

For many searching for sales jobs, London is one of the first places they look; however this could change if Evans’ predictions come true. He claimed that the state of the UK economy is a massive factor for businesses, stating: “We’re a value-driver business so there is a focus on driving down costs.”

“When the UK has a tough time, retailers look to expand overseas. We’re in two dozen countries. Online also reduces costs and that’s a real growth area for us. You need to find a health balance between bricks and clicks.”

The number of sales roles available within the UK retail scene could increase over the coming years, particularly if companies decide to expand their offering into India and China – as Evans argued they might. He argued: “We’re not over yet but I think it’s only a matter of time.”

He added that retail would follow in the footsteps of the manufacturing industry, which has already “gone East.”

Evans stated that this could be due to the higher incomes of Eastern residents – whereas a show on BBC One, Panorama, recently claimed that the take-home pay of British residents was £1,088 lower than it was two years ago.