The hair & beauty industry facilitates employment and training opportunities for a broad section of society, allowing both big businesses and sole operations to compete side by side in a creative and lucrative marketplace.
Habia provides an industry overview helping you to target your strategy for the future success of your business. Keep an eye out for our predictions on how technology will change the industry over the foreseeable future.
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General Industry Statistics
For a broader, less specific picture of the Hair & Beauty industry and it’s impact on the UK economy and population, please see statistics below.
Industry Size and Turnover
|Annual Turnover||£6.2 billion *(inc. spa)|
|0.87% of the total UK workforce|
|African Caribbean hair salons||302*|
|Beauty therapists -mobile||947*|
Geographical location (workforce)
|Yorkshire and The Humber||8.7%*|
(businesses -doesn’t include Northern Ireland)
|Yorkshire and the Humber||8.3%*|
Gender and Age
|16 – 24*||76,505*|
|25 – 34*||56,787*|
|35 – 44*||73,164*|
|45 – 59*||38,962*|
|60 and over||6,147*|
|Age||% Hair & Beauty
|16 – 24*||31.1*|
|25 – 34*||23.1*|
|35 – 44*||29.8*|
|45 – 59*||15.9*|
|60 and over||2.5*|
|16 – 24*||13.4*|
|25 – 34*||21.1*|
|35 – 44*||26.0*|
|45 – 59*||31.9*|
|60 and over||7.6*|
|Owner of salon:27.1%|
|Manager of Salon:8.1%|
|Beauty therapists and related occupations: 62.6%*|
|Hairdressers and barbers: 62.6%*|
Current skills and qualification profile
|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%|
|Asian or Asian British: 1.6%|
|Black or Black British: 2.3%|
|Other ethnic group: 0.7%|
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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.
All information and statistics from this document must be credited
Figures provided by VTCT and endorsed by Habia based on research conducted 2016-2017.
*Figures are from Habia 2011-2012 research.