According to the Retail Eyes & Retail Gazette Salary Survey 2011, 48 per cent of retail professionals have seen their wages rise since the economic downturn ended in January last year.
Ben Sillitoe, editor of Retail Gazette, said slow pay growth was "the norm" across many industries last year as the UK emerged from recession, and retailers need to "act now" to motivate their workforces by offering greater incentives.
"Businesses must understand that content and sufficiently-rewarded staff will be essential to have on board as they battle against the choppy post-recession tides," he added.
It comes after recent data published by the British Retail Consortium and KPMG showed that UK retail sales values for April increased.
They were up 5.2 per cent on a year ago on a like-for-like basis and 6.9 per cent on a total basis, against a 0.2 per cent decrease in April 2010.
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Source: The Sales Executive News