Business Management

Salons Seek Staff

In 1996, 490,000 employees left jobs in salons.

To substantiate the need for qualified cosmetologists in the U.S., the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) commissioned a 1996 national job demand study of the cosmetology industry, and compared the figures with a previous study done in 1991. Here are the results:

  • Salon owners reported over half a million job openings filled during the period from October 1, 1995 to September 30, 1996. This represents an average of 1.8 openings per salon.
  • During 1996, 58% of the salon owners reported that they had job openings. A startling 72% of those who tried to fill those positions said they were not always able to find qualified applicants. These are exactly the same percentages as in 1991.
  • In 1996, 490,000 employees left jobs in salons. Only 18% of the former employees went to work in an unrelated industry. Ten percent opened their own salon and another 20% went to work in booth rental salons.
  • Almost one quarter of the salon worldforce is comprised of workers with less than one year of relevant experience. This is a dramatic increase compared to 1991, when only 9% of the workforce was inexperienced.
  • About one-third of the salons surveyed reported that they were booth rental salons. This is a significant increase compared to 1991 which found only 25% of the salons to be booth rental establishments.

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