Disproportionate impact of high street decline

The decline of UK high streets has disproportionately impacted women and people outside of London, according to the Independent

A new report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has found that women comprise almost three-quarters of the loss of 108,000 retail jobs over the last seven years, while 40,000 new e-commerce warehouse roles have mostly gone to men.

In addition, the retail workforce in London grew 16 per cent between 2011 and 2018, but fell 11 per cent in the north east and the East Midlands.

‘Our research shows that the economic pain that comes with the decline of the high street is not being felt evenly,’ said Fabian Wallace-Stephens, researcher at the RSA’s Future Work Centre. 

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→ The Independent - High street decline hitting women and the North of England hardest, study finds


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