World Footwear

Employment

Brazil: employment in the footwear industry decelerates

Dec 9, 2022 / Brazil
Despite a growth of 12% in employment in the footwear industry in the first ten months of 2022, data from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security suggests a slowdown in job creation from October

French luxury segment in need of specialized artisans

Dec 8, 2022 / France
There are at least 20 000 vacancies for specialized workers in the French luxury segment, said the association that represents about a hundred luxury houses in the country

Consumption stagnation, price increases, and drop in employment expected for 2023

Dec 5, 2022 / Business Conditions Survey
This is the main outcome of the most recent edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, conducted in November. Today we bring you a summary of some of the main conclusions

Brazilian footwear sector with the best performance in job creation since 2015

Nov 1, 2022 / Brazil
With 44.4 thousand jobs generated between January and September 2022, the Brazilian footwear industry reached the best result in employment generation of the past seven years

UK: unemployment hits the lowest level in 50 years

Oct 14, 2022 / United Kingdom
Unemployment stood at 3.5% in the three months to August, down by 0.3 percentage points from the previous quarter, falling to the lowest level since 1974, but due to a rise in economic inactivity

Brazilian footwear industry created 40 000 jobs in 2022

Oct 5, 2022 / Brazil
Data prepared by the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association (Abicalçados) based on information from the Ministry of Labour and Welfare, indicates that between January and August the footwear industry generated 40 000 jobs

Birkenstock invests 110 million euros in new shoe factory

Sep 15, 2022 / Germany
The German brand revealed that the investment of around 110 million euros in the new site in Pasewalk, Northeast Germany, is "by far" the largest individual one in the company's history

Guanajuato reports a labour shortage

Jul 31, 2022 / Mexico
According to the Mexican Secretary of Sustainable Economic Development (SDES), Ramón Alfaro Gómez, the footwear sector is the most affected by the labour shortage

Amazon to create more than 4 000 new jobs in the UK

Jul 21, 2022 / United Kingdom
The online retailer giant announced that it is creating more than 4 000 new permanent roles across the UK, which will bring its permanent workforce in the country to 75 000

US labour market powers ahead

Jul 20, 2022 / United States
Despite recessions fears, the US Bureau of Labour Statistics reported that employers hired far more workers than expected in June. Wages continued to rise at a steady pace

US footwear industry expects sales to decline

Jul 13, 2022 / United States
According to the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA), the footwear industry is pulling back on hiring and investment due to a major forecast of weaker sales for the next six months

Unemployment rate in the UK hits historic low

Jun 20, 2022 / United Kingdom
This was revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The UK unemployment rate is now close to a 50-year low point, having dropped by 0.2% to 3.8% for February to April 2022

France Retail: retailers’ confidence sank in the first quarter of 2022

Premium ContentJun 15, 2022 / France
Despite the Eurostat TCF (Textile, Clothing and Footwear) suggesting the return of retail to normalcy, there are red signs undermining not only consumers’ confidence, but also the retailers’ one, who before had displayed some insensitivity towards risks. Surging energy prices, inflationary pressure and the war in Ukraine are overshadowing any boost from an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The subsequent increase in costs does make us wonder why TCF retail is not in the red yet

UK Retail: retail prospects for the next months lean to the downside

Premium ContentJun 8, 2022 / United Kingdom
In the first quarter of 2022, TCF (Textile, Clothing & Footwear) Retail Sales Index returned to pre-pandemic levels, showing that it is no longer sensitive to COVID-19. However, its positive behaviour is somewhat puzzling: consumer pessimism continues to plunge, most likely due to the rising inflation, which hit a record 7% in March, placing pressure on manufacturers’ costs. In addition, it is yet early to quantify the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on European retail markets

Arnaud Haefelin: exports are the main driver of the French leather goods sector

Premium ContentMay 26, 2022 / France
We spoke with Arnaud Haefelin, who is the President of the French Leather Goods Federation (FFM), to discuss the priorities of his third term at the helm of the association
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