Habia Report Shows Changing Face of Hair Industry

Hairdressing salons are employing more people, nearly a quarter of businesses are part of a franchise or chain and nearly one in four employees are men according to new reports from Habia.

The report, Habia skills survey of the Barbering Industry 2007 and the Habia Skills survey of the Hairdressing Industry 2007, will help Habia influence government programmes to provide new recruits with the skills that employers require and to assist businesses to develop their staff to meet client demand.

Key findings

Amongst the key findings was the changing face of the industry over the past ten years. A decade ago, most businessses were inependent, the average salon employed between three and five staff and less than 10% of industry professionals were men. Today 23% of salons are members of a chain or franchise, the average staffing level is now 13 and 23% of industry professionals are men.

Whilst skills gaps remain, their nature has also changed over the years. In hairdressing, the biggest skills gaps were reported in Indian Head Massage and hair extensions. In barbering, face massage was amongst the biggest skills gaps, showing the changing nature of men's treatments.

Likewise, there is an increasing overlap between hairdressing and barbering and other industries such as beauty therapy, nails services and spa, with 39% of hairdressing salons offering beauty therapy and 10% of barbers offering natural nail treatments.

Lack of training

Despite this growth, there are still concerns over training. Although 22% of salons spend between £1000 and £4999 a year on training, compared to just 9% five years ago, only 43% of hairdressing salons and 13% of barbers has a training plan. In total 61% of hairdressing employers and 51% of barbering employers cited cost as the main barrier to training.

The result

Alan Goldsbro, Habia Chief Executive, said, 'The results of the surveys show that, generally, things are improving and that the industry is becoming more professional, though there are certain areas that need addressing. By using this survey to identify those areas, Habia will work with employers, training providers and manufacturers to ensure that the key issues affecting them are addressed and the next ten years see an even bigger improvement'.

The full reports are available form www.habia.org by following the links full downloads then reports.


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