The number of entry level employees in the hair , beauty and barbering industry are also set to increase . Well over half of you ( 58 %) are looking to take on at least one apprentice over the next 12 months ( some 57 % of salons and 64 % of barbers in our survey ), up from 43 % in 2016 . This could create a huge 31,188 * new hair and beauty apprenticeship positions ; 8,000 more than last year .
But while our industry remains one of the best for apprentices , there are still hurdles to overcome . Professionals told us that their main reason for not employing an apprentice was that it is simply not their policy . A fifth identified budget restrictions as the main hurdle , while 8 % said actually finding one has proved challenging .
“ Apprentices are so important for the industry and it ’ s wonderful to watch them grow and develop . However , it is important that we put the effort in to get the very best results – from training and allowing them to get hands on experience , to ensuring that they are paid a fair wage .”
SUE ROBERTS TRAINING DIRECTOR & AREA SALON MANAGER BLOW SALON
These results show that there are plenty of opportunities for businesses within the industry to grow and nurture the new talent entering the workforce , provided the existing obstacles are addressed .
apprenticeships in 2016
apprenticeships expected in 2017
“ Being able to learn in a working environment , supported by people who are passionate and experienced is a fantastic opportunity to kick start your career . I can ’ t imagine a better way to be training than in a job I love .”
EVE PATERSON SENIOR APPRENTICE BLOW SALON
* Numbers based on Beautiful Britain findings and latest HABIA data for salon numbers
NATIONAL HAIR & BEAUTY
PRICES ON THE RISE
This year, we’ve found that treatment
prices across the board are higher than
they were in 2016. This has pushed the
cost of treatments closer to the peak
prices we found back in 2012, when we
launched our first Beautiful Britain report. TANNING PRICING
ANNUAL SPEND MALE GROOMING
In 2016, the annual amount women spent
on an average basket of treatments was
near the thousand pound mark, coming
in at £994 – up 12% from last year. The
equivalent men’s basket was also up 9%
taking it to £779. Not only are men opting to indulge in
treatments and services more regularly
than they were a few years ago, they’re
also prepared to pay more. The cost of a
male manicure or pedicure is the highest
it has been since 2012, at £21. The average
cost of a male facial, at £33, is also the
highest we’ve seen.
HAIRCUT AND COLOUR PRICING
DEVELOPING NEW TALENT
It looks as if there’s plenty of fresh
talent to be found in barbershops, with
the average age of a barber joining the
industry identified as 23, and 20% of new
barbers starting between the ages 16
Our findings show that on average, there
are two full time employees in the UK’s
barbershops and 1.4 part-time workers.
This registers as slightly lower than the
industry average, however as barbering
remains an evolving industry, these
numbers are likely to rise in line with
growth over the coming years.
In terms of qualifications, 78% of barbers
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