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What is the deal with retail employment?

By campbeln 25 May 2011 27

So I’ve been noticing two things around Canberra lately:

* Many closed stores / empty shopfronts

* Many stores desperately looking for anyone to fill positions

The last few times I’ve been in Fyshwick I was surprised at the number of closed stores and empty shopfronts that previously had long-term businesses in them. Then there are the many empty shopfronts in the malls that are simply boarded up (no “Blah Blah opening in May”). Belco has more then a few, as does Tuggeranong.

This is juxtaposed with a ton of businesses posting A4 sheets looking for staff “starting immediately”. A few are picky (“previous barista experience essential”) but most smack of desperation for any warm body to stand in the shop.

I’m just confused at how both of these trends can be true!? Have living expenses in Canberra risen so high that people on minimum wage have thrown in the towel and are leaving (hence the dearth of retail warm bodies)? Are the previous employees being locked in the empty shopfronts when their stores close?

How about around you… do you have empty shopfronts? Have you noticed the influx of A4 “Please work here” signs? Any insights are greatly appreciated.

What’s Your opinion?


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Calamity 12:32 pm 26 May 11

Timely article I’ve just come across…

http://www.news.com.au/business/baby-boomers-the-worst-colleagues/story-e6frfm1i-1226063055321

Stir that pot! 😉

caf 11:33 am 26 May 11

creative_canberran said :

caf said :

This is a textbook case of Survivorship Bias. Very few people start retail jobs in their 30s, so you’re ignoring all the Gen-Xers who did come in and leave within 3 months. Check back in 15 years and there will be plenty of Gen-Y lifers in the same stores.

No I’m not, and the rest of your comment makes no sense.

Yes, you are, because the Gen-Xers did that when they were 20 years old, which was 15 years ago.

creative_canberran 10:12 am 26 May 11

caf said :

creative_canberran said :

Calamity said :

Gen Y bashing. How very original.

I speak from experience. In a store with roughly 30 staff, all the staff Gen-X or older had been there for years and though not that interested in the job, were interested in career progression. In one year, we had no less than a dozen Gen-Ys come in and leave within 3mths. Most of the time, it was just to try a different store, and their stated reason was boredom.

This is a textbook case of Survivorship Bias. Very few people start retail jobs in their 30s, so you’re ignoring all the Gen-Xers who did come in and leave within 3 months. Check back in 15 years and there will be plenty of Gen-Y lifers in the same stores.

No I’m not, and the rest of your comment makes no sense.

caf 10:05 am 26 May 11

Jethro said :

Pommy bastard said :

MWF said :

No, you are bored *with* this conversation.

“Of” is also correct.

“by” would also work 🙂

Looks like bored of is slowly gaining ground…

caf 10:02 am 26 May 11

creative_canberran said :

Calamity said :

Gen Y bashing. How very original.

I speak from experience. In a store with roughly 30 staff, all the staff Gen-X or older had been there for years and though not that interested in the job, were interested in career progression. In one year, we had no less than a dozen Gen-Ys come in and leave within 3mths. Most of the time, it was just to try a different store, and their stated reason was boredom.

This is a textbook case of Survivorship Bias. Very few people start retail jobs in their 30s, so you’re ignoring all the Gen-Xers who did come in and leave within 3 months. Check back in 15 years and there will be plenty of Gen-Y lifers in the same stores.

scorpio63 10:38 pm 25 May 11

Rents are far too high and Online and E-Bay purchasing has escalated, impacting upon shops in smaller cities and suburbs.

Business owners (smaller businesses not belonging to a chain) are complaining about the costs (super, wages, sick leave) involved of employing staff on top of their high rent in quieter areas.

Book stores are the first closing, many suburban shops come and go, Brand Depot never took off due to their location and it was suggested to the Brand Depot owners during their first year, if they had bothered to open up a fruit and vegie market, a supermarket, Newsagency, Best and Less or K-Mart, and decent range of food outlets for their Food Court, the Complex may have flourished.

The owners wife from the beginning that they had their own ideas for success and the centre was doing well?

Jethro 7:19 pm 25 May 11

Pommy bastard said :

MWF said :

No, you are bored *with* this conversation.

“Of” is also correct.

“by” would also work 🙂

Oh, the fun of prepositions

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