Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the hair and beauty industry is a personal responsibility for all professionals, to keep their knowledge and skills up to date so that they can deliver the high quality of service that safeguards the public and meets the expectations of customers and the requirements of their profession. By investing in your training academy and beauty salon staff, you are investing in the continued success of your beauty business. Commitment to your employee’s ongoing training and development will encourage their loyalty, help retain key talent, and boost staff engagement in your business. This will all enable your employees to be better equipped to help you stay ahead of the competition.
Overview of the hair and beauty industry
The Hairdressing and Beauty Treatment industry has grown significantly over the past five-year period before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted operations. Over the five years through 2020-21, industry revenue is anticipated to decline at a compound annual rate of 14.4% to £1.8 billion. This has largely contributed to some major developments within the hair and beauty industry within recent years. After tireless campaigning from the industry, Personal Care has been recognised by Government as a specific sector, meaning hair, beauty and spa will no longer be grouped with retail, hospitality or any other sector when the Government makes decisions.
The campaign was led by the lead professional bodies in the UK such as the British Beauty Council, UK Spa Association, British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (Babtac), The Hair and Barber Council and the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF), and has caused the Government to grant a newly formed, sector-specific team dedicated to supporting Personal Care. This change in legislation should help to ensure a more sustainable future for our industry in terms of Government support.
Professional bodies in the hair and beauty industry
There are a number of professional bodies in the hair and beauty industry in the UK with the largest being the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF). The British Beauty Council, UK Spa Association, British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (Babtac), and The Hair and Barber Council are also professional bodies that share a large influence over the industry. The NHBF requires you to sign up as a member and promise to help you boost your business while keeping you safe, legal and up to date with all the latest business law within the industry.
Career Opportunities in the hair and beauty industry
The hair and beauty industry is continuously evolving with changes in both fashion styles and the development of breakthrough products. There are a wide array of career opportunities in the hair and beauty industry, some of the most notable being:
- Beauty therapist
- Body piercer and/or tattooist
- Image consultant
- Special effects makeup artist
- High-paying beauty jobs
If you are innovative and ambitious, there is no limit to your potential. No other industry has such a constant demand for qualified, creative, well-trained graduates, so if you’re interested in a new path the career opportunities in the hair and beauty industry are endless.