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Cost-of-living squeeze drives job hunters to retail

The retail sector is seeing a surge in people seeking extra sources of income as the cost-of-living crisis bites.

A survey has revealed the full impact that the crisis is having on peopleís lives already.

Research by staffing platform redwigwam showed that 77% are looking for extra work to make ends meet and 59% are looking for extra work on top of a full or part-time job.

Thirty-three per cent donít have a regular job and are juggling a number of recruitment agencies to find work.

Lorna Davidson, CEO of redwigwam, says: “Since the start of April we have seen an 800% increase in the number of people registering for extra work on our platform.

“One of the main areas where we are seeing a significant increase concerns people looking for retail jobs. They’re looking for flexible four or six-hour shifts so they can fit them around their other work.

“We saw a similar record number of registrations at the start of the pandemic. This is like another pandemic. The soaring cost of living is a horror story for people and they are panicking.

“It’s very clear that people are desperately looking for ways of making extra money and they’re taking on extra work on top of their day jobs.”

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