Government highlights beauty sector job opportunities

The UK government is using British Beauty Week (26th – 30th October 2023) to raise awareness of job vacancies and careers within the beauty sector. 

According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), there are in excess of 4,000 vacancies live on the Government's Find a Job portal including beauty therapist, merchandiser and educator roles. 

Diane Whitbread, one of the DWP's Employer Engagement Advisors, explains:

“I encourage jobseekers from all backgrounds to use British Beauty Week to consider a role in beauty as their next move. This booming sector offers a range of exciting roles and skills development along with progression opportunities and a new sense of purpose. 

“Our Jobcentre network can provide crucial advice to all jobseekers and my dedicated colleagues, including work coaches stand ready to help people begin rewarding careers within this dynamic industry.” 

Millie Kendal OBE, CEO of the British Beauty Council, adds: 

“The British Beauty industry makes a bigger contribution to the UK's GDP than the creative, arts, and entertainment sector, and the aerospace manufacturing sector, however many people are unaware of the diverse range of opportunities available in the sector. 

“In order to highlight the diverse opportunities available in the sector, the Council has launched its 'Future Talent Programme', which is designed to uncover unique roles in technology, fragrance, sustainability, and cosmetic science to people aged 11-18 years old. Through engaging short films, the programme is dedicated to ensuring a pipeline of unique talent to a creative, innovative, entrepreneurial sector.”

In addition, the DWP's Sector-Based Work Academy Programmes (SWAPs) provide opportunities to learn new skills and gain working experience over a six week period with several SWAPs linked to vacancies in beauty and hair.