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Is retail an industry with poor job security?

I've been told that retail workers (cashiers/sales associates) can lose their job or be replaced at any time and that retail has poor job security. However, I've asked store managers how long the jobs last and they usually say "until you decide to quit". Which one is it? I read on USA Today that since retail/restaurant jobs are unskilled, it's easy to be replaced or laid off.

7 Answers

  • 2 months ago
    Favourite answer

    Yes, it is.  What you read is true.  Even if the manager is technically telling the truth when saying that the job lasts until you quit, in the sense that they don't officially tell you that your employment has ended, they can stop scheduling you for shifts and stop paying you.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes and it has nothing to do with being a menial, unskilled job where people are easily replaceable. These are tumultuous economic times and combined with increased competition from the rise in internet sales more retail stores are closing than opening right now. We're in the retailpocalypse. The store where you work (or the entire company) could shutdown at any time.  

    Sears, Kmart, JCPenney, Macys, A.C.Moore, Pier 1, Toys R Us, Christopher & Banks, Lord & Taylor. There's always a new round of store closings in the news. Even Walmart is closing stores. There is no such thing as too big to fail.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    If the person does a good job, they won't be replaced for no reason.  If you decide to leave they can replace you fairly easily. Nobody runs off good workers. They value them. But they can't pay real high wages.

  • 2 months ago

    Job security isn't determined by industry, but by proving yourself as a valuable employee.

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  • 2 months ago

    The ability to hold a retail job has a lot to do with you.

    - do you show up on time

    - do you limit your time off and when you do you plan in advance as much as you can

    - do the customers find you helpful (but not overly helpful)

    - do your do whatever is asked of you without attitude

    - do your coworkers enjoy working with you.

    It you do the above, you are likely to be able to keep your job as long as the company keeps your location open.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The big retailers are trying their hardest to make it look like it can be secure but really, if they want you out they will get you out.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No job is secure and the lower down the ladder you are, less skilled positions even less secure......... so whatever level you are especially in retial, the harder working you are, the better you are at upselling and being a good employee, getting on with customers/collegues the harder you are to replace

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