Wholesale and Retail Sector Factsheet - National and Regional Overview


20% of employers in the wholesale and retail sector reported having experienced a skills shortage vacancy in the 2015 UKCES Employer Skills Survey.

Nationally wholesale and retail will see 3% growth in annual job openings between 2016 - 2022. Regionally, significant investment and development in Leeds will lead to a projected growth for this sector of 2.4%.

The most openings will be for sales & retail assistants, manager & directors, retail cashiers & check-out operators, sales supervisors and customer service managers & supervisors – all of these will require a minimum education of Level 2 (BTEC / NVQ / GCSE grades A*-C or equivalent)

A shortage of skilled trades will remain a key issue – butchers, bakers, fishmongers, IT Engineers – due to a shortage of applicants with the right skills.

Our Wholesale and Retail Sector Factsheet gives a national and regional overview of the employment trends within the sector predicted over the next few years.

Leeds City College Food Manufacturing Dept offers high quality training to Apprentices utilising industry standard equipment and partnerships with some of the country’s best-known names in the industry. Hospitality students benefit from practical experience in The Food Academy.

For more details of apprenticeships and training for retail, wholesale and customer service – contact us on 0113 386 1997 / employers@leedscitycollege.ac.uk