Retail Job Market to be Bustling in 2006

January 17, 2006 ( - More than a third (35%) of retail workers said they will look for new jobs in 2006, according to a survey.

Dissatisfaction with pay, workload, and career development were the reasons cited for leaving their current positions, according to a press release on the survey.

More than half of survey respondents said they were not given a raise in 2005, and 84% said they did not receive a bonus. Sixty percent of 2006 respondents reported being dissatisfied with their pay, compared to 54% of those surveyed in 2005.

As for workloads, the “Job Forecast 2006 – Retail” survey found that two-thirds of retail workers said their workload had increased in the last six months. Perhaps in part because of the increasing workload, 37% of survey respondents said they were unhappy with their work/life balance.

Retail workers are also unhappy with their career advancement opportunities and their job training. Thirty-seven percent said they were overlooked for promotions in the past, and 35% are unhappy with current career advancement opportunities offered to them. Around 30% said they feel their employer could improve on training and professional development.

The survey was conducted from November 15 to December 6, 2005 and collected responses from more than 170 retail workers by selecting a random sample of comScore Networks panel members.