The 2018 Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Awards has launched its search for inspirational individuals excelling in the UK’s retail industry. Women from all stages of their career are encouraged to nominate themselves or others – from ambitious rising stars and innovative entrepreneurs to well-seasoned leaders making a significant contribution to their organisation. In addition, the Male Agent of Change Award will recognise a man for his commitment to advancing women working in retail.

This year’s awards programme draws on the theme “Reimagining Retail” and will focus on how innovation and technology are revolutionising the retail landscape. E-commerce sales in the UK totaled £81.55 billion in 2017 alone and the digital share of overall retail sales will continue to grow from 19.1% in 2017 to 25.2% by 2021. This represents a huge opportunity for women looking to work in this dynamic sector.

The retail industry currently employs 3 million people and has a predominantly female workforce. However, research shows women are far less likely to fill senior positions than men, with director-level roles being 26% female and 74% male. A significant gender pay gap in the retail sector has also been recognised, with the average male manager earning 26.8% more than his female colleagues.

Together with new title partner, Barclaycard, the everywoman in Retail Awards hopes to tackle these issues by uncovering the breadth of senior roles available, highlighting the achievements of many successful women already excelling and showing just how fulfilling a long-term career in retail can be.


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