Shop assistants lead poll of British workers

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Britain is a nation of shop assistants, cleaners and restaurant staff despite increasingly better educated and skilled professionals, according to a new report.

The top five largest single occupational groupings include 1.1 million sales and retail assistants, 600,000 cleaners and domestics and 450,000 kitchen and catering assistants, said the Jobs Economist consultancy.

The occupations which have expanded most over the past three years are taxation experts, advertising accounts managers and creative directors, window cleaners, planning process and production technicians, paramedics, psychologists, credit agents, engineers and town planning officers.