UK Salons and mobile hair and beauty workers are confident about the future and set to boost the jobs market, reveals HJ, the Hairdresser Journal. The report, from Salon Sally Services, reveals that salons and mobile hair and beauty workers are set to provide the jobs market with a major boost, creating more than 37,000 apprenticeships and jobs across the nation in 2016. The report reveals that 98 % of salons and mobile workers in the UK plan to increase or mantain the number of staff they employ over the next 12 month. And 43 % plan to hire at least one additional apprentice this year. This equates to 23,165 apprenticeship and 13,951 jobs during 2016. Optimism in general is high, with 76 % of UK salons saying 2015 was a good year for business and 90 % reporting high levels of optimism for the year ahead.
Optimism levels are highest in Scotland, Wales and the West Midlands. British men now make up a fifth of all customers, with 97 % of businesses reporting that male customers levels have either increased or stayed the same over the past 12 months. With image-conscious men now treating themselves more often than ever, everyday treatments like shaving are up by 59 %. And men in the North East are now indulging in hair removal treatments every four week compared to every eight in 2015 – amounting to seven extra treatments a year. David Beckham has retained his crown as the UK’s top male style icon for an impressive fifth year in a row, with his look most coveted by men in the East Midlands. The release of the latest James Bond film “Spectre” has helped to land Daniel Craig third place in the style stakes this year, with Mark Wright taking second place.