The number of applicants’ roles in food and drink retailing has doubled between 2010 and 2011 to an average of 25.4.
This is a huge increase from the six applications on average received in 2008, according to job board RetailChoice.com’s analysis of its vacancies.
An initial analysis released earlier this month by the same job site, had found similar results across the sector
as a whole.
Applicants per jobs were down in four of the 11 job categories included in the report however. They were: store manager, buying, department manager and merchandising, while the more entry level store assistant roles rose 200%.
However, food and drink retail saw a 7.4% rise in its median wage between 2010 and 2011 – higher than the 2.3% rise in average salaries seen across the retail sector as a whole year-on-year.
The ‘London premium’ continued to grow in 2011 with London-based candidates being able to command 23% extra pay, up 10% on 2010, compared to those in other regions.