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Industry Insight

Quest’s insight and market knowledge of the retail industry is unrivalled, thanks to over 20 years’ experience working with the best clients and candidates around the world.

Read our blog below, or contact us to find out how we can help with up to date, reliable information on the Retail and Consumer Goods sectors.


Rubee loves....It’s a Topshop love affair

5 days ago by Rachel Bowman

Tags: retail, fashion, fashion recruitment

The 5-piece bridal range from Topshop has officially launched last week and it’s been making a real stir! The dreamy collection accommodates to all tastes, featuring full length gowns, a bardot shoulder and a midi number. The styles are in sumptuous fabrics including bias-cut ... Read More →


Will we skip long queues at retail stores with 'Tap and Go' technology by 2021?

6 days ago by Firdaus Khan

Tags: retail, Retail News, shopper insights, technology

New technology will soon bring an end to the polite British habit of queuing within shops. Some of the UK’s biggest retailers including Amazon, Zara and Waitrose have already taken measures to eliminate queuing at checkout through traditional payment methods. Research by Zebra... Read More →


How apprenticeships are shaping the retail industry

26 days ago by Rachel Bowman

Tags: retail careers, Retail jobs, retail recruitment, apprenticeships

Earlier this month, National Apprenticeship Week celebrated not only those taking steps towards their future careers, but the businesses – especially retailers – which offer them the opportunity to do so. In 2015 over half a million apprenticeships were started in England, up ... Read More →


Facebook rolls out Collection, a new shopping feature for marketers

29 days ago by Firdaus Khan

Tags: Retail jobs, retail recruitment, shopper insights, ecommerce, facebook

Facebook has launched Collection, a new shopping ad format that is designed to enhance buyers’ shopping experiences on mobile devices. According to the blog post by the social media giant, Collection ad format allows marketers to feature a primary video or image on top of the ... Read More →


Mad about Fashion? Further insights from our Retail Salary Survey

about 1 month ago by Rachel Bowman

Tags: retail recruitment, fashion, luxury, fashion recruitment, shopper insights

As part of our Retail Salary Survey, we have investigated shopping trends in the UK over the last 12 months and found that 44% of respondents do the majority of their shopping online or on their mobile device. When asked what they buy most frequently online the overwhelming ma... Read More →


Retail Salary Survey Insights - How do you do the majority of your shopping?

about 1 month ago by Rachel Bowman

Tags: digital, Retail jobs, consumer insight, retail recruitment

As part of our UK Retail Salary Survey, we have investigated shopping trends in the UK over the last 12 months. Our findings highlight that over half of surveyed individuals, 56%, still do the majority of their shopping in-store. It is clear that consumers still rely heavily o... Read More →


Quest Retail Salary Survey - Career Motivators

about 1 month ago by Rachel Bowman

Tags: retail, retail careers, Retail jobs, retail recruitment

Our survey showed that despite 60% of respondents stating that they are dissatisfied their remuneration packages, the main reason people gave for moving on from their employer was for career development (19%). Additionally, 6% of respondents reported that they chose to take th... Read More →


Our Retail Salary Survey - Multi-Channel vs Omni-Channel Insights

about 2 months ago by Rachel Bowman

Tags: retail, omnichannel, Retail jobs, retail recruitment, multichannel

The integration of digital into our everyday lives means that there are multiple channels for consumers to interact with retail brands; online from a desktop, mobile or tablet, by telephone or in a physical bricks and mortal store. The results of our Retail Salary Survey 2017,... Read More →


Our UK Retail Salary Survey - Social Media Insights

about 2 months ago by Rachel Bowman

Tags: retail, digital, Retail jobs, retail recruitment, digital jobs, digital recruitment, social media

In January 2017 Quest Search & Selection conducted an online salary survey in partnership with Retail Gazette. Over 500 UK retail professionals were surveyed and their opinions and answers form the basis of this report. We would like to share some of our insights and will be l... Read More →


Quest UK Retail Salary Survey

2 months ago by Rachel Bowman

Tags: retail, Retail Gazette, Retail jobs, retail recruitment

In January 2017 Quest, in partnership with Retail Gazette, launched the most comprehensive salary review of retail professionals in the UK. Over 500 UK retail professionals were surveyed and their opinions and answers form the basis of the report alongside insights from our ex... Read More →