A new Jobs.ie survey reveals that four in five (83%) retail employers find recruiting retail staff for their business is a struggle.
A further 60% of respondents find that employee retention is a major challenge faced by Ireland’s retail sector, the research shows.
No Clear Career Progression
According to the recruitment website, when asked about their current recruitment methods, a total of 83% of Irish retail employers said that they only hire with a view for the job at hand and no expectation of employee progression or development.
“Career progression and development will always be amongst the most important elements of a job for employees,” warns Christopher Paye, general manager, Jobs.ie.
“Therefore, hiring without an expectation - not least the opportunity for employee progression - is a major red flag.”
60% of respondents from the retail industry said that they would do their best to keep an employee that shows promise and would take additional measures to keep these members of staff in the business, the survey highlighted.
“Many large retailers including supermarket chains and franchise businesses, are now offering very competitive graduate programmes, and by extension, more clearly defined career paths,” Paye said.
“While this model of employment won’t be an option for every retailer, those facing acute recruitment or retention challenges may need to consider other ways they can offer prospective hires greater long-term opportunities beyond the immediate job at hand.”
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