Saturday jobs could be the key to success in health and beauty

More than a quarter of hair and beauty professionals found their career by starting out as a Saturday worker, finds new research 

In the hair and beauty industry, more than a quarter (28 per cent) of professionals found their career by starting out as a Saturday worker, reveals new research by Direct Line for Business. The industry is also a family affair, as half of hair and beauty professionals (50 per cent) followed a family member into their chosen career.
Seeing first-hand what the career offers and the opportunities available is key to attracting people into the industry. Just one in twenty (five per cent) hair and beauty professionals worked in an entirely different profession before opting for a career in hair and beauty.
  • More than a quarter of hair and beauty professionals started their career as a Saturday worker 
  • 50 per cent of workers in the hair and beauty industry followed a family member into the profession
  • 17 per cent of hair and beauty professionals practised on family and friends before qualifying
  • Making people happy is best part of the job for hair and beauty professionals
Apprenticeships (30 per cent) and college courses (30 per cent) are the most popular choices for people to get their foothold in the industry. While learning the trade, people use their friends and family as models, with one in six (17 per cent) practising their rudimentary skills on their nearest and dearest.
When it comes to what the best thing is about working in the industry, making people happy came out on top (40 per cent), followed by meeting new people (26 per cent) and creating inspiring styles (17 per cent).
Best thing about working in the hair and beauty industry
What is the best thing
Percentage
Making people happy
40%
Meeting new people
26%
Creating inspiring styles
17%
Seeing own creations walk down the street
11%
Colleagues
6%
Source: Direct Line for Business 2017
Jane Guaschi, Business Manager at Direct Line for Business, said: “It’s interesting to see that so many people start out in the hair and beauty industry with a Saturday job to earn some extra money, but end up enjoying it so much they turn it into a career.  There are so many different opportunities for young people and it is often hard to know what you enjoy and where your skill set lies. Being able to try a job beforehand is truly the best way to know whether it’s suited to you.
“This sector also offers so many pathways to success so whether you own your business and employ others to work in a salon or work as a freelancer, it’s important to have the right insurance to cover your business as it grows.”
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