How to transform your hairdresser
By Sarah LeeHairdressers in the UK are under pressure as the government looks to introduce a bill to protect the industry from rising costs.
But the latest report from the Institute of Directors suggests the Government has not done enough to help.
It says that in the past 12 months, the number of hairdryers on the register has fallen by more than half, from nearly 2,500 in the first quarter of 2018 to less than 700 now.
And that’s despite the fact that the Government is also making it easier to hire and fire workers and has put new restrictions on the number and type of jobs that can be done.
The Institute’s report also points to growing evidence that people are not being treated fairly by the profession.
Its research found that in many instances, workers have been unfairly penalised for complaining about conditions or being fired.
It also found that some workers were not receiving the same level of protection as they were promised.
And the Institute’s chief executive, Sarah Lee, said the industry was struggling to cope with rising costs and growing demand.
She said the Government needed to do more to support the industry and its workers.
“We are at a crossroads.
We’ve seen the market collapse, the Government and employers have to get together, and it’s the Government who has failed the industry, and the industry has failed to deliver,” Ms Lee said.”
There is a growing sentiment that it’s time to rethink the profession and we need to get more people into the profession.”
She said there was a need for more people to become a hairdrister to take on more jobs.
The Government is due to publish its response to the IOD’s report on Tuesday.
Ms Lee said the profession needed to be more proactive in dealing with complaints.
“People are calling us, they’re going through the experience and it seems to be a pretty big issue,” she said.
She suggested that hairderers need to take the reins and take a more proactive role.
“Hairdresses are working hard for the profession,” she added.
“They have to be the first to go and speak out if they think there’s anything wrong with a job, to say, ‘I’m not happy with my work, this is not what I signed up for’.”
Ms Lee also said that many of the hairdresses in the industry were working in a very precarious economic situation.
“The economy has been in a downward spiral, it’s been a very tough time,” she explained.
“It’s a really tough time for all the workers.”