Workwear Clothing and Its Global Market

Workwear Clothing and Its Global Market

Vilas Gharat
Board Member of Trustees (Textile Association India-Mumbai)
Managing Director (Gharat and Associates)


Workwear clothing refers to any type of clothing that is paid for and issued by an employer to an employee for use during work hours. Growth in the services industry due to emergence of new employment opportunities have resulted in large scale employment. Globally, services industry accounts for larger share of the GDP. Increasing penetration of the services industry creates a huge opportunity for the global workwear market. Global workwear clothing market to reach $42. 7 billion by 2026.

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Fig: Workwear clothing

It is not very difficult for existing Textile Units to convert their product into workwear garments by just making some changes and adding OR outsourcing garmenting facilities.

The workwear is not one time buying but it is continuous process of placement orders on yearly basis. Once your product is approved techno-commercially you may get continues orders. The requirements are huge provided you are quality and cost effective.

It is very necessary for marketing team to approach potential clients with trail sampling on free of cost (It is to be considered as development cost).

Workwear clothing includes corporate workwear, Industrial work wear, and Uniforms with Upper wear and Bottom wear clothing and many more categories.

Industrial workwear clothingprovides durability and safety to Industrial Workers. It is designed to provides protection from external hazards.

Industrial workwear is mostly used in the industrial sector. Manufacturing industries many employ wear Industrial Workwear during the working hours.

Corporate workwear is worn by the people who work in the corporate sector and have a traditional office hour 9 AM till completion of work.

Many of the manufacturing companies are based in developing countries where a huge labour market prevails. Workers in manufacturing and allied sectors such as automobile, oil and gas are becoming aware of occupational hazards, and hence opting for uniforms rather than casual clothes.

Increasing employment of women has resulted in the growth of the global workwear clothing market. Traditionally, women used to do all the household chores and men used to work. Nowadays, women are given equal wages and opportunity to work, thus driving the workwear market.

global workwear market

Workwear is mostly worn by people who work in the organized sector and companies have made it mandatory to wear the workwear in during the working hours. Many companies especially in the manufacturing sector such as retail, food, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, automobiles, security, fast moving consumer goods etc provide uniforms to their employees.

Increasing awareness amongst the corporates regarding the benefit of workwear such as easiness in identification, protection of employee, etc.

Hospitals have made it mandatory for their staff to wear neat and clean uniforms so that patients and their families can easily identify the hospital staff. Uniforms are cost effective for employees working in companies as they do not have to buy different clothes and thus do not incur additional expenditure.

Global Workwear Market Size By Region

Introduction of functional finishes in textiles has driven the growth of the workwear market. Stain repellent, breathability, pill resistant, peach finish, wrinkle free, etc. are functional finishes which have been introduced.

Various manufacturers have technologically improved their products, for instance, Jonsson Workwear brand has introduced vented technology in uniform workwear. Under this technology, vents allow air to enter the garment and prevent overheating, and its uses simple mesh panels which allow air to circulate, so that workers stay cool and comfortable.

There are some restraints and disadvantages which can affect the demand for workwear. Sometimes, uniforms are uncomfortable and create uneasiness to the person wearing it.

Uniforms are not free; employees have to pay for them from their salaries and require regular maintenance. Clothes made from polyester are not breathable and is also not recyclable. Usage of more polyester would be a disadvantage to the global workwear market.

us workwear market size

The global workwear market can be segmented based on type, gender, application, and region. On the basis of type, the global workwear market can be classified into corporate workwear, industrial workwear, and uniforms.

Based on gender, the market can be classified into male and female. In terms of application, the global workwear market can be classified into service industry, manufacturing industry, mining industry, and others (agricultural, facilities management, etc.). Based on region, the market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America.

Similarly nominated fabric manufactures are also benefited with growth of Workwear provided they are supplying desired quality with quantity on time. It may be low margin product but have huge potentials for mass production.

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