The Brazilian retail industry experienced a 72% uptick in new job offers during the first quarter of 2023 compared to the previous quarter. According to a report by GlobalData, Raia Drogasil topped the list with 2,237 job offers.

Hiring activity in the Brazilian retail industry Q3 2021 – Q1 2023 (% change in new job postings)
Hiring activity in the Brazilian retail industry Q3 2021 – Q1 2023. (Source: GlobalData Job Analytics)

GlobalData’s Retail Market report for Brazil provides a comprehensive overview of total retail sales in the country, summarizing trends by value and significant players in individual sectors.

One of the most striking data points is that occupations in the biological, physical, and social sciences accounted for 20% of the new job offers, marking a staggering 7508% increase compared to the previous quarter.

Administrative and office support roles came in second, increasing by 1547% year-over-year, followed by occupations in business and financial operations, which experienced a 10% decline compared to the previous year.

Hiring activity by job role in the Brazilian retail industry, Q1 2023 (% share of new job postings)
Hiring activity by role in the Brazilian retail industry, Q1 2023. (Source: GlobalData Job Analytics)

Finally, the top five companies in the retail sector accounted for 94% of all hiring activity, with Raia Drogasil recording the highest number of job offers, followed by Lojas Renner. At the same time, Arezzo Industria e Comercio experienced the greatest increase with 125%.

Top five companies by hiring activity in the Brazilian retail industry in Q1 2023 (New job postings)
Top five companies by hiring activity in the Brazilian retail industry in Q1 2023. (Source: GlobalData Job Analytics)

This growth generates more employment and suggests a growing demand for technical and scientific specialties. This is reflected in the striking expansion of job offers in biological, physical, and social sciences fields. This could be a sign of an industry that is modernizing and adapting to new market needs.

Moreover, the concentration of hiring activity in a few leading companies like Raia Drogasil and Lojas Renner underscores the influence of large corporations in the sector. However, the significant uptick in hirings at Arezzo Industria e Comercio shows that there’s room for other players to grow.

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