World Footwear


Employment in the sector not expected to grow in 2023

Employment in the sector not expected to grow in 2023
According to the perspectives of the most recent edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, conducted in November, employment in the footwear industry should stabilize or decrease in the next few months
The perspectives of our experts regarding employment in the footwear industry are not very positive. More than half of respondents expect employment to stabilize in their companies, but more expect it to decrease than to increase (with a balance of extreme answers equal to -10 p.p.).

This trend is common to different lines of business (manufacturers and traders) and organizations of different sizes.

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Executive Summary
Business Context
Health of the Business
Employment Level
Retail Channels
2023 could bring a lost of 56 million pairs in Europe's consumption
Sustainable, please! But not more expensive!
Sneaker's share to continue increasing
About Survey

About the Survey
In 2019 the World Footwear has created the World Footwear' expert panel and is now conducting a Business Conditions Survey every semester.

The objective of the World Footwear Experts Panel Survey is to collect information regarding the current business conditions within the worldwide footwear markets and then to redistribute such information in a way it will provide an accurate overview of the situation of the global footwear industry.

The seventh edition of this online survey was conducted during the month of November 2022. We have obtained 91 valid answers, 57% coming from Europe, 22% from Asia, 8% and 9% from North and South America, respectively, and 4% from Africa. About 30% of the respondents are involved in footwear manufacturing (manufacturers), 18% in footwear trade and distribution (traders), and 52% in other footwear-related activities such as trade associations, consultancy, journalism, etc (others).

Previous Editions of this Bulletin can be found HERE