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Saturday to Success

  • 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

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 Business1. 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.

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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Notes to Editors

1 Phone research conducted amongst 100 hair and beauty salons across the UK in September 2017

For further information please contact:

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Antonia Green
Tel: 020 7282 2967

Direct Line for Business
Jade Trimbee
PR Manager
Tel: 01372 839 452
Mobile: 07825 315 931

Direct Line for Business

Launched in 2007 Direct Line for Business provides a range of insurance products for the small business sector direct by phone or online.

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Added: 02 Jan 2018