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Majority of fashion industry professionals report job satisfaction: Study

"To discover how satisfied professionals working within the fashion industry are with their jobs, Business of Fashion surveyed over 1,400 fashion professionals and further analysed a sample set of 418 respondents — working in the UK, the US, France, Italy and Germany. The survey showed, majority of fashion industry is satisfied with their jobs, with 54 per cent respondents classifying themselves as such. Indeed, in line with these statistics, almost a fifth of individuals working in the industry — a full 19 per cent — are very satisfied with their job. However, over 20 per cent of those surveyed were actively dissatisfied with their employment, with 7 percent identifying as very unsatisfied with their role."

 

Majority of fashion industry professionals report job satisfaction Study 002To discover how satisfied professionals working within the fashion industry are with their jobs, Business of Fashion surveyed over 1,400 fashion professionals and further analysed a sample set of 418 respondents — working in the UK, the US, France, Italy and Germany.

The survey showed, majority of fashion industry is satisfied with their jobs, with 54 per cent respondents classifying themselves as such. Indeed, in line with these statistics, almost a fifth of individuals working in the industry — a full 19 per cent — are very satisfied with their job. However, over 20 per cent of those surveyed were actively dissatisfied with their employment, with 7 percent identifying as very unsatisfied with their role.

UK professionals the most satisfied, Germany, the least

Given the UK’s bleak economic outlook under Brexit uncertainty, it is perhaps surprising that professionals in the country are the most satisfied with their roles out of the five geographies analysed. With 57 per cent respondents satisfied or very satisfied, the UK narrowly beat out the Italian and French industries, who scored satisfaction rates of 56 and 55 per cent respectively. Seemingly, London continues its tradition of flourishing in crisis.

On the other side of spectrum, surprisingly given how robust its economy has been, analysing the data through a geographic lens identifies fashion professionals in Germany as the least happy among those surveyed.

US professionals note polarised experiences

The survey indicated, fashion professionals in the US have the most polarised working experience, with 51 per cent satisfied and 30 per cent unsatisfied in their roles. InMajority of fashion industry professionals report job satisfaction Study 001 terms of job satisfaction in fashion, the land of the free and the home of the brave is divided between the haves and have nots. Indeed, despite having the highest dissatisfaction rating in the survey, American entrepreneurs and business owners scored the highest satisfaction rating of any demographic cohort.

Beginners, senior professionals report most satisfaction

The data by level of seniority indicates some interesting trends. Those at the start and zenith of their careers are notably happier at work. At the top, over 74 per cent of entrepreneurs and business owners would classify themselves as satisfied with their roles, with just 2 per cent stating they were very unsatisfied with their jobs. Similarly, 59 per cent of chief executives described themselves as satisfied or very satisfied.

Interestingly, despite accepted wisdom that individuals at the beginning of the career ladder suffer the most in fashion, the results of the survey indicate that middle and senior management find their employment significantly less satisfying than their juniors. Respectively, 29 per cent and 27 per cent of middle management and senior manager respondents stated they were unsatisfied with their current role, compared to just 16 per cent of interns.

For those looking for most nurturing and fulfilling environments to begin their careers in fashion, the rising specter of Brexit may complicate matters. The industry’s happiest interns are those working in the United Kingdom, while France’s entry-level and junior professionals are the most satisfied globally.

 

 
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