Retail & Wholesale Recruitment

Retail Sector Overview

Between 2015 and 2021, there’s been a 32% growth in the number of warehousing units – with a movement towards large warehouses. Previously, high street retailers were the dominant purchasers of these spaces. But the triple threat – the pandemic, Brexit and technological disruption – have flipped this on its head. Now 3PLs and online retailers are taking up the space, with upsurges of 42% and 614% respectively.

  • For every £1bn spent online, an additional 775,000sq ft of warehouse space is required.
  • There’s no sign of a drop in the demand for home delivery, so this is the ‘new normal’ for the wholesale and retail sector.
  • Since 2020, UK shoppers now spend more money online than any other country (on average).
  • Retail is the largest private sector for employment in the UK, with around 2.8 million people working in the industry.
  • The gender split is currently 58:42 (female/male), though between 2010–2020 the majority of retail jobs lost in the sector belonged to women. With retail work now shifting to warehouses and logistics centres, these roles are more likely to be secured by men.

Retail Sector Details

Highly skilled and agile leaders are required in the retail and wholesale sector due to the need to adapt to the technological interruption, and effectively manage sudden change – including crises. Positions vary from global commercial buying to supply chain management.

  • We recruit a broad spectrum of roles in retail and wholesale, such as buying and merchandising, warehouse and distribution, and supply chain management.
  • Along with strong technical ability and crisis management, skills such as leadership, innovation and commercial understanding are highly valued.
  • The sector offers plenty of opportunity for career progression, with the potential to achieve management status at a relatively early age.

Latest vacancies in this sector

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Senior Digital Marketing Executive

Hertfordshire, Borehamwood

Negotiable

Senior Digital Marketing Executive £Competitive Benefits Elstree   Role Profile Enviropack, part of the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, is one of Europe's leading suppliers of environmentally friendly packaging, offering an unrivalled range o...

1 month ago

Warehouse Manager

Boston, Lincolnshire

Up to £45000.00 per annum plus benefits

Warehouse Manager Boston £45,000 per annum Do you want to work for a market leading business? Do you want to work for a business that continually invests in its people and facilities? What about a business with ambitious plans to double its turnover? If...

3 weeks ago

Buyer

Epsom, Surrey

Benefits

Buyer Epsom - Hybrid £Competitive Excellent Benefits Role Profile Bunzl Catering Supplies, part of the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, is the leading distributor of disposables, packaging and hygiene solutions to the hospitality and catering se...

1 day ago

Buying Manager

London

£45000 - £50000 per annum

Job Title: Buying Manager Location: London Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 We are currently seeking a Buying Manager to join our retail team in London. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading buying activities, managing relationships with vendo...

1 week ago

IT Support

Birmingham, West Midlands

£40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum

Job Title - IT Support (Logistics Industry) Location - Birmingham Salary - £40,000 - £45,000 I am looking for an experienced IT Support to join a leading logistics company based in Birmingham. This role is an excellent opportunity for an IT professi...

1 week ago

Regional HR Manager

Croydon, London

Negotiable

Regional HR Manager Southern UK £Competitive Car Excellent Benefits Role Profile Bunzl Catering Supplies, part of the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, is the leading distributor of disposables, packaging and hygiene solutions to the hospital...

1 month ago

Content Manager - Germany

Berlin

£45000 - £50000 per annum

Role Content Manager Location Berlin - Germany Salary €45,000 - €50,000 Role Profile An exciting opportunity for a Content Manager to join a start-up company whose mission is to play their part in addressing some of today's biggest environmental ...

2 months ago

Warehouse Night Shift Manager

Tamworth, Staffordshire

Negotiable

Warehouse Night Shift Manager £Competitive Salary Tamworth Role Profile Bunzl Catering Supplies, part of the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, is the leading distributor of disposables, packaging and hygiene solutions to the hospitality and cate...

3 months ago

Customer Service Advisor

Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire

£21000.00 - £24000.00 per annum Benefits

Customer Service Advisor St Neots £21,000 - £24,000 Benefits Role Profile Cast UK are working in partnership with an expanding Distribution business, who have recently grown by acquisition, to assist them with the recruitment process of a Customer Ser...

3 months ago

Credit Controller

Derby, Derbyshire

Up to £25000.00 per annum Benefits

Credit Controller Derby £25,000 Benefits Role Profile Cast UK are working in partnership with an expanding Distribution business, who have recently grown by acquisition, to assist them with the recruitment process of a Credit Controller, to be based i...

3 months ago

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Karen Owen

HR Business Partner at JD Sports

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Cast UK recently completed a large recruitment assignment on our behalf, recruiting all required employees at every level from Operations Manager through to drivers for a newly constructed site in Harlow. They fulfilled all of the project’s requirements within a very tight timescale to a very high standard.

Their knowledge of our business & culture alongside their sector specialist expertise make it a pleasure to work with Cast UK

Stuart Fairbairn

Head of HR, Bunzl Catering Services

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Cast UK take real time to get to know us as a business and really get under the skin of what the role is, what we’re looking for, the culture fit of the business and make sure that they are really trying to find us the absolute best people. We can always rely on Cast  to give us some advice in terms of who’s on the market at the moment and what they are looking for from us as an employer

We’ve got a really great relationship with Cast UK and one that we hope will flourish over the years.

Clare Archibald

HR Manager at Ella's Kitchen

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Abbey recognises that the increased demand for excellent logistics candidates in the UK means we need to work hard to attract the best talent in the industry to maintain a top level of service for our Blue Chip clientele. We are confident that Cast UK can provide us with candidates that have the right knowledge and experience to allow us to continue our expansion going forward.

Steve Granite

Managing Director at Abbey Logistics Group

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Cast UK spent considerable time making sure they understood our business and the role thoroughly, touring our warehouse and investigating exactly what was required. They worked in partnership with us to ensure that our business and culture were matched incredibly well with the best candidates, we were very impressed.
Cast UK’s depth of knowledge regarding our sector and the role’s requirements were second to none.

Chris Illingworth

Finance & Operations Director at Widdop, Bingham & Co ltd.

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