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CHICAGO -- "Help Wanted" may become a bigger part of window signage for retailers this year, according to a recent CareerBuilder.com survey. Thirty-five percent of the nearly 200 respondents in various retail categories surveyed said they plan to shop for a new job in 2006.
Workers cited pay, workload, and career development as the leading factors for their decisions to look for new opportunities this year. The survey, "Job Forecast 2006 -- Retail," was conducted from Nov. 15, 2005 to Dec. 6, 2005.
Compensation continues to top the list of retail worker concerns, according to CareerBuilder.com, which conducts the survey annually. More than half of retail workers said they were not given a raise last year, and 84 percent reported not receiving a bonus. The number of retail workers who are dissatisfied with their pay increased to 60 percent, up from 54 percent one year ago.
Better compensation isn't the only challenge facing retailers. Two-thirds of retail workers said their workloads have increased over the last six months. The stress of more work may be causing friction between work and home, with 37 percent of workers reporting dissatisfied with their work/life balance.
Retail workers also voiced concerns over career advancement opportunities and the training they are currently receiving from their employers. When it comes to climbing the corporate ladder, 37 percent of workers felt as though they were overlooked for promotions in the past, and 35 percent said they are not happy with the current career advancement opportunities offered to them. Additionally, three in 10 retail workers said they feel their employer could do a better job with training and professional development.
"CareerBuilder.com sees more than 2.5 million job searches in retail every month," said Diane Christopher, retail employment expert at CareerBuilder.com. "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail salespeople will experience the largest job growth of any occupation from 2004-2014."
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