Right after of the Milan fashion week, WollyBi, through its big data analysis tools, analyzed the state of fashion part in the labour market.
The fashion industry has always attracted many talents and is the flagship of Made in Italy. Always synonymous with craftsmanship, quality and tradition, Italian fashion is valued and experienced abroad as a true art experience.
In particular, September is the moment of greatest ferment for the fashion and textile sector: the week of fashion shows in Milan moves thousands of employees of the sector that, among events, presentations and, later on, the sales campaigns of the collections just presented, determine the trend of the Italian fashion economy. The last word will then be owned by the final consumers and by the economic situation measured in sales.
Economic trend of the fashion industry
According to the economic note released in May this year by Confindustria Moda – Centro Studi per Smi (Italian fashion system for the textile and fashion industry), the trend of the fashion sector in 2017 is forecasting an annual growth of +2.4% , i.e. higher than the initial year estimates, with a variation of 0.6%. The result of this positive result is also due to the amount of exports which has allowed us to maintain a sufficient growth rate.
Fashion jobs in Italy: big data analytics
So, from an occupational point of view, how is the fashion textile sector positioned in Italy? What are the job opportunities that fashion offers? What does the web tell us in particular about the published job vacancies? What do companies in the textile and fashion sector look for?
Thanks to the data scientists team of WollyBi and the expertise in data research it was possible to develop a dashboard that shows the current status of job vacancies, the most active regions and the types of offered contract.
The occupations in the fashion world on the web
The starting point to understand which professions in the field of fashion are most requested on the Web job vacancies is the ESCO classification, i.e. the European classification of professions used in WollyBi in its data analysis.
In particular, this classification identifies 7 professions relevant to the fashion world:
- Wearers, models and similar
- Designers of products and fashion designers
- Clothing packaging machines
- Furriers and hatters
- Pattern makers and clothing clippers
- Embroiderers and similar
- Leather and fur tanners
- Footwear and assimilated packers.
Altogether, there are over 8 thousand web job vacancies in the field of fashion active in the last 12 months.
The largest share of web research is aimed at tailors (with a 30% share), equal to 2,492 vacancies, between 2017 and 2018; then, we find the designers of products and fashion designers with 2,341 job vacancies online, then Modelists and clothing clippers with 1,347 jobs offered. The category of wearers and models are, as expected, the professions less requested (3% of the vacancies).
The analysis of the territory makes it possible to point out that the Tuscany region is positioned first by the number of vacancies, especially concentrated in the province of Florence; follows the Lombardy region with Milan obviously in first place. In the last places there are Trentino Alto Adige and Sardinia.
Employment contracts in the fashion industry: which classification
Unfortunately, the data analysis of web job vacancies carried out by WollyBi shows that the job contracts offered are for 85% of a temporary nature. We do not know exactly which causes lead companies in the fashion textile industry to take on a short-term basis. The figure does not seem to be very encouraging, especially when compared to the positive growth figures of the sector.
A more detailed data search and data analysis by our team could highlight useful elements to understand how to further move the labour market in the textile fashion sector, both from the point of view of companies and from the point of view of training.