The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has revealed that employment figures within retail fell by 2.4% in Q2 2016 as tough conditions remained.

According to the latest BRC Retail Employment Monitor, compared with the same quarter last year, total full time jobs fell, despite the non-food sector reporting a rise, was driven by a rise in part-time hours in two of the three months of the quarter, peaking in June.

In the second quarter of 2016, the number of outlets fell by 0.4% compared with the same quarter a year ago.

Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive, British Retail Consortium, said: “Today’s figures show that full time equivalent employment in the retail industry has fallen at its fastest rate since the second quarter of 2014. The number of stores in the UK has also fallen again, albeit at a slower rate than we have previously seen. This continues to show the dramatic structural changes that are underway in the retail industry.

“Challenging economic conditions, fierce competition between retailers, customers’ ever-changing shopping preferences, the lightning expansion of digital technology and external demands placed on retailers by government have all put pressure on the UK’s retail businesses.”