Data issued by the organisation revealed that four out of ten new employees being taken on retail sales jobs and other positions in the sector in the last 12 months have been aged between 16 and 21.
Across the UK, retailing was found to provide 40 per cent of employment opportunities for 18 to 19-year-olds and 25 per cent for 20 to 24-year-olds.
BRC director-general, Stephen Robertson, said that retail is clearly one of the sectors most likely to give young people the job breaks they need.
"Retail is at the heart of towns and cities, providing products and services for people, but its positive impact goes far beyond that. Retailers invest in infrastructure, contribute billions in business rates, support local charities and enable staff to do volunteering," he added.
Recently, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's performance and reward adviser, Charles Cotton, said there has been an increase in the number of private sector workers receiving a pay award in the second half of 2011, especially in the retail sector.
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Source: The Sales Executive News