Fashion Industry 2016: Hiring Is Looking Up

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(DGIwire) – This is a time of great uncertainty in the fashion industry. Retail is changing rapidly and companies are under intense pressure to remain relevant and deliver exciting products to consumers while struggling to manage foot traffic and global competition. But as reported by the Third Annual Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study—released by the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) in June 2016—there remains a bright spot within the industry: hiring.

According to the report—which is based on the responses of 30 leading fashion and apparel executives and wholesalers—optimism is creating new demand for human talent. In 2016, 83 percent of respondents plan to hire more employees in the next five years. Four positions—including fashion designers, buyers and merchandisers, sourcing specialists and social compliance specialists—could be the most in demand in the next five years.

Other positions where growth is predicted include branding specialists, supply chain specialists, general management administration, market analysts and trade and customs compliance specialists. In contrast, respondents expect their hiring needs for sewing machine operators least likely to grow and even shrink in the same timeframe.

The contrasting demand for human talent between non-manufacturing and manufacturing positions reflects respondents’ business priorities in the years ahead, reports the USFIA, along with the ongoing structural adjustment of the U.S. fashion industry.

“The results of the latest USFIA survey offer evidence that U.S. fashion companies continue to create many well-paid and high-quality jobs in the United States,” says Rebecca Cenni, founder and CEO of Atrium Staffing. “The task of hiring for these positions will therefore continue to be a priority through the foreseeable future.”

Atrium is a New York City-based talent solutions firm, focused on providing contingent workforce management services for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. Atrium’s expertise includes regional Temporary and Direct Hire Staffing, national Employer of Record Payrolling, national Independent Contractor Engagement and specialty Intern Recruiting Services. The company has extensive experience matching the right candidates for a range of positions within the fashion retail industry. Executives in the fashion industry seeking a new position could find such services particularly valuable.

“As the need for talent in the fashion industry continues to increase, a staffing agency with extensive industry experience and connections to top job seekers can offer a substantial amount of valuable support and expertise,” Cenni adds.