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Hair and Beauty

Future Trends

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  • Hair and beauty occupations are part of the personal services occupational group - which also includes personal care jobs. This whole occupational group has seen a big growth since the early 1980s and growth continues to be predicted at a slower but steadier rate - currently 1.7% per annum overall.
  • Hairdressing and beauty statistics are also collected as part of a much larger industrial group called 'Other Services'. Employment generally in this larger group is expected to grow by one per cent per annum overall.
  • In addition to these overall growth predictions, there are always vacancies in the hair and beauty sector as a result of people leaving the lower entry levels of the job because of promotion, and at all levels due to retirement.
  • This is an industry which is less vulnerable to the economy than some other sectors. Once regarded as a luxury, spa and beauty treatments are now used by more people in the UK. The recession has caused some people to cut back but in contrast others have regarded these treatments as essential during difficult and stressful times.
  • Hairdressing is always a demand industry, and is predicted to remain so - as people will continue to need to have their hair cut.
  • Hair, beauty and spa businesses are affected to some extent by the local economy and local competition so that some businesses do better than others but, generally speaking, this is a growth sector.
  • The Spa industry, in particular, is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. Spas, as well as hotels or holiday villages with spas, are often destinations for holidays or short breaks.
  • One strong demand area remains that of 'non-invasive' cosmetic surgery where a range of treatments including Botox and dermal filling, are used to help improve how the skin looks without resorting to an operation. Advanced beauty therapy skills, or nursing training, and specific training in the different treatments are often required for this growing side of the industry.
  • The strength of this whole sector is in its personal - and often local - service and it is unlikely to change dramatically in the future.
  • The use of IT and new technology in the industry is generally limited to the running of the business and booking as well as new beauty and spa therapies.

Projection figures from 'Working Futures 2007-2017' Warwick Institute of Employment Research - November 2008.