Over 40,000 retail positions remain unfilled.
National Skills Week’s Chairman Brian Wexham has pointed out a major labour shortage in the retail sector is making it harder for this large employer to flourish and provide the quality service experiences expected by today’s customers.
Mr Wexham said: “Australian retailers simply can’t find enough staff be they back of house, frontline roles or more specialist positions in digital and other high-tech products. There were 40,300 vacant positions in retail trade in May, which was up 38.5 percent compared to February. The national popularity of online shopping has not reduced demand for retail workers at bricks and mortar stores.