The data from The British Retail Consortium shows that the number of full time jobs fell by 3.9% in the three months to 31 March compared with the same quarter a year ago. Food retailers experienced the biggest fall.
This follows a 3% drop in the final quarter of 2016.
All three months of the first quarter reported a decline in full time employment, with January’s decline only marginally shallower than that seen in February and March.
Helen Dickinson BRC chief executive, explained: “Today’s fall in full-time equivalent employment from our sample of retailers shows a…