High competition for buyer jobs
The retail sector has experienced steady growth in recent years, but has been impacted significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are still buyer vacancies because retail is a large industry.
However, finding a job can be difficult due to high competition for roles. Employers often fill vacancies by promoting existing staff from positions such as sales assistant, shop manager or area manager
According to the Census, 1,458 buyers worked in New Zealand in 2020.
Types of employers varied
Most large retailers employ buyers. These include:
- department stores
- clothing stores
- homeware and hardware chains.