Thursday 12 September 2019

shoppingSpeaking in response to the RSA’s new report which finds that women have been worst affected by retail job losses, Sophie Walker Chief Executive of Young Women’s Trust said:

“As the high street struggles to keep pace with changes in the labour market it is once again young women who are losing out. The vast majority of retail jobs being lost are those done by women, encouraged into the sector by sexist career advice and the need to find work that fits around the caring responsibilities they disproportionately shoulder. 

Government has tied itself in knots to respond to charges that technology is decimating men’s jobs. So why the silence now? Its response to this latest assessment is pitiful in comparison to the millions set aside to prevent closures of car factories and other male-dominated industries.

The U.K. faces a skills and productivity crisis that cannot be resolved by the Treasury’s favourite measures of investing in technology, industry and construction, into which our education system funnels young men. Sectors with large female workforces like retail and care have been chronically undervalued with little investment to support workers to progress  - to the detriment of all of us.

Around one million young women are trapped in positions of no pay or low pay. They want to work and they deserve economic justice. If the U.K. is to face an uncertain economic future with a workforce that is primed and ready, government must start investing in and supporting the jobs on which young women rely - as well as the jobs it relies on women to do.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 18-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.

2.     For more information, please contact Joe Levenson on 07495 981142 or at