The retail jobs market is showing signs of recovery as Britain’s shops prepare for Christmas.
According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the number of full-time jobs has grown at the fastest rate since March last year.
BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said: "Retailers are beginning to prepare for extra demand at Christmas, which shows in the rise of hours across the industry of 0.8%.
“Growth is spread across the whole of the industry with both food and non-food retailers reporting rises. This pauses a 19 consecutive month decline in FTE reported by food retailers."
However, Dickinson also said the news that Government policies could add £14bn to the retail wages, training and rates bill over the next five years casts a shadow over the possibility of future strong jobs growth
"We will be watching the figures very closely to see how the impact of this additional burden affects employment prospects in retail going forward," she said.
"A commitment from the Chancellor to keep his promise of fundamental reform of rates would instil more confidence in retailers for the future."
Other figures from the BRC showed a 1.1% rise in the number of outlets in the third quarter, driven by both food and non-food retailers.