London Fashion Week closed yesterday with the headlines raving about Burberrys colourful statements on the catwalk but the news hides an industry in the UK that struggles to recruit.
Louis Vuitton (LVMH) announced in the summer of 2022 they already were experiencing shortages of staff with a record number of vacancies across leather goods, watchmakers, jewellers and sales staff. The spokesperson indicated they could see the situation worsening and global vacancies as high as 30,000 by 2024.
The UK fashion think tank ‘Fashion RoundTable’ has been highlighting the potential situation in the industry and how there is a growing shortage of skilled workers across the industry, with many workers moving back to Europe to follow some of the relocations post-Brexit.
This situation is not isolated to the UK with other countries experiencing similar shortages, New Zealand is also desperately trying to recruit machinists, knitters, pattern makers and embroiders and many of the Indian Manufacturing Centres are struggling to attract migratory workers since the pandemic as those workers are spending more time in their villages.
Wages and working conditions still remain an issue in attracting new talent into the sector and the charity Fashion Revolution continues with its ‘Good Clothes, Fair Pay’ campaign, for a better living wage for all employees in the fashion, footwear and textiles industry.
Fashion Revolution shines a light on the changes needed in the industry, from environmental impact to shifts in policy and enforcing better laws through to, advocating for the end of exploitation of workers globally.
London remains one of the UK centres for textiles and fashion manufacturing and Axiom Personnel works closely with our clients to understand their issues and support with their recruitment needs. If you are looking for workers in the fashion and textiles industry contact one of our recruiters today.