If you’re looking for a job in retail, it would seem that you can’t go far wrong with Spanish clothing giant Zara, who are regarded as the UK’s most appealing retail employer.

The results, published in the 2016 Retail Candidate Insight Report, comprehensively named Zara, which is owned by the world’s largest apparel retailer Inditex, as the employer of choice amongst job seekers.

The survey, which gathered opinions from over 2,500 unemployed candidates searching for a role in retail, asked participants to state which retail employer they believed would be the best top work for in terms of reputation, job progression and quality of retail stock.

John Lewis, named the leading employer in last year’s inaugural survey, have dropped down to second, while the remainder of the top five was made up by Amazon, River Island and Topshop.

Quality over negativity?

The popularity of Zara amongst job hunters may come as something of a surprise to many given that the brand has been negatively portrayed in the media a number of times throughout 2016.

Back in July, more than 20 independent fashion designers, led by the outspoken Tuesday Bassen, made headlines when they accused Zara of stealing their work and reproducing it without giving any credit to the original creators.

An Instagram page backing a boycott of Zara gained 14,000 followers within a week, and the hashtag #boycottzara was trending on Twitter for a number of days. The story was also picked up by various mainstream media publications including the Daily Mail, Guardian and Fortune.

However, despite such controversy, Zara recently announced a 9 percent profit increase for the last three quarters.

Zara is growing at such a steady pace, and is so attractive to so many buyers looking for high-end fashion at affordable prices, that is has been described as a ‘thorn in the side of the fashion industry’ by marketing and media experts Digiday.

While Zara have been named the overall most desirable retail employer, the survey also named the most attractive in a number of sectors. The other list-toppers are as follows:

Convenience: Co-op
Furniture: Furniture Village
Online: Amazon
Department: John Lewis
Home/DIY: Wickes
Grocery: Marks & Spencer Food

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