NHBF industry research and statistics 2022

The NHBF’s annual industry statistics for 2022 are now available.

The NHBF’s annual industry statistics offer a valuable overview of the state of the hair, beauty and barbering industries in the UK. The data in the report includes success rates, turnover, start-up numbers, working patterns, apprenticeships, age, gender and industry trends.

Key findings for 2022 include:

  • The hair and beauty industry generated £4.6bn in turnover in 2020-2021.
  • The number of hair & beauty businesses in the UK increased by 2,215 to 48,425 between March 2021 and March 2022.  Within this total, the number of business turning over less than £100k per year increased by 5,800, while the number turning over more than £100k fell by 3,500. 

  • More than 75% of hair and beauty businesses employ fewer than five people and 95% employ fewer than ten people.

  • The number of apprenticeships starts increased in all four countries of the UK in 2021-22 for the first time since 2016-17.
Non-members can buy the report for £250 inc. VAT. Please call  01234 831965 for more information.
Please acknowledge the NHBF and the data sources when using these statistics.

Official definitions of the hair and beauty industry include: 

Hair washing, trimming and cutting, setting, dyeing, tinting, waving, straightening and similar activities for men and women, barbering, shaving and beard trimming, trichology, facial massage, manicure and pedicure, make-up, electrolysis and other beauty treatments, but not the manufacture of wigs.

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