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Retail in Scotland: The Nation's Favourite Job

Shopping is something we all do, whether for essential items like food and clothing or for leisure goods such as CDs, DVDs and books. Through our experiences in the local convenience store, in the nearby supermarket, on the high street or through online stores, we all have a view on what retail has to offer.

What many don’t realise is retailing is one of Scotland’s favourite jobs. As Scotland’s largest private sector employer, over 240,000 people choose to work in retail. This accounts for a staggering 9 per cent of total employment in Scotland.

From customer services assistant to fashion buyer, from butcher to store manager, from fl eet manager to food technologist, the sector offers a wide variety of roles with real opportunities to learn skills and progress within the sector. You really can start on the shop fl oor and work your way to the top – many well known retail Chief Executives did just that.

We at the SRC are passionate and proud of what retail has to offer. It is for this reason we have put together this booklet to help demonstrate just some of the employment and training opportunities the sector has to offer – from on the job training and mentoring right through to apprenticeships and formal qualifi cations.

With the growth of private sector jobs critically important to the health of our economy, now is the time to champion the retail sector and what it has to offer. With the support of the Government, retail can continue to grow vital jobs and provide essential services to our communities.

For further information, please contact the Scottish Retail Consortium.

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