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Industry Overview

An overview of the hair and beauty industry. All information and statistics from this document must be credited to ‘Habia’ if used. Statistics are from 2011/2012.

Industry Size and Turnover

Annual Turnover £6.2 billion (inc. spa)
Total Employment 245, 795
0.87% of the total UK workforce
Hair salons 35,704
African Caribbean hair salons 302
Barbering 2,967
Nail bars/technicians 1,512
Beauty salons/consultants 13,107
Beauty therapists -mobile 947
Spas 400

Geographical location (workforce)

England (overall) 86.7%
North East 4.9%
North West 13.5%
Yorkshire and The Humber 8.7%
East Midlands 9.1%
West Midlands 6.3%
East 11.3%
London 10.3%
South East 14.4%
South West 8.1%
Northern Ireland 2.8%
Scotland 6.4%
Wales 4.1%

Geographical location (businesses -doesn’t include Northern Ireland)

North East 4.2%
North West 12.6%
Yorkshire and the Humber 8.3%
East Midlands 6.9%
West Midlands 8.9%
East 9.9%
London 13.4%
South East 14.8%
South West 8.5%
Wales 4.4%
Scotland 8.1%

Gender and Age

Hair and Beauty Whole Economy
n % %
Gender
Male 25,622 10 54
Female 220,173 90 46
Age
16 – 24 76,505 31.1 13.4
25 – 34 56,787 23.1 21.1
35 – 44 73,164 29.8 26.0
45 – 59 38,962 15.9 31.9
60 and over 6,147 2.5 7.6
Total 245,795 100.0 100.0

Employment Status

Employees: 57.8%
Self-employed: 42.2%
Full time employed: 30.8%
Part-time: 27%
Managers: 9.3%
Hairdressers and barbers: 62.6%
Beauty therapists and related occupations: 62.6%

Current skills and qualification profile

Degree: 2.9%
Level 4 and above: 8.5%
A-Level (or vocational equivalent): 5%
Level 3: 37.8%
Level 2: 35.3%
Below Level 2 or none: 18.3%

Recruitment and skill shortages

Salons with vacancies (overall): 20.5%
Hard to fill vacancies: 12.1%
Vacancies due to poor quality applicants: 2.9%
Establishments with skills gaps: 12.4%

Size of workplaces

1-10 employees: 93.5%
11-49 employees: 6.4%
50-199 employees: 0.1%
200 or more: 0.0%

Ethnicity

White: 93.3%
Mixed: 1.1%
Asian or Asian British: 1.6%
Black or Black British: 2.3%
Chinese: 1.1%
Other ethnic group: 0.7%

 

Key trends

Consumer trends, the influence of fashion and the desire to look younger, coupled with economic growth and the associated increase in real disposable income. As the cost of many basic items now takes a smaller proportion of consumers’ budgets, there is increased scope for discretionary spending on services.
Ageing population in the UK will increase the need to cater for a wider age range of clients, but will also pose a threat through the reduction in the number of young people entering the workforce, made more severe by the higher proportion encouraged to stay on into higher education.
Globalisation and technology – the impact of these are expected to be muted and limited to use of ICT in the management of bookings, relationships with consumers and global trends in image and fashion.
Innovation rates are thought to be slight, with some innovation in products but with most hairdressing and beauty treatments remaining essentially the same.

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