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Workwear Market

Workwear Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Product , by End User, by Application, by Distribution Channel : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031

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Author's: Aniket Kadam | Roshan Deshmukh
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Workwear Market Research, 2031

The global Workwear Market Size was valued at $16.2 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $29.1 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2022 to 2031.

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The workwear market is segmented into Product , End User, Application and Distribution Channel.

The workwear products help in identification and provide safety to employee or worker at workplace. These products include corporate workwear, industrial workwear, industrial footwear, and corporate uniforms. Industrial workwear is meant to provide safety & durability to people and protection from external hazards to the employees on the work floor. Corporate workwear is meant to provide unique identification of the employees working in corporate sector.

Industrial workwear are mostly used in manufacturing industries which employees many people who wear industrial workwear during the working hours. Workwear is mostly worn by the people who work in an organized sector and companies make it mandatory to wear the workwear during the working hours. Many companies, especially in manufacturing sectors such as retail, food, pharmaceutical, healthcare, automobile, FMCG, and others provide workwear to their employees.

The market in Asia-Pacific is dominates the global workwear market due to growth in regional market, which has attributed to rising job opportunities in the region owing to which the demand for workwear clothing among the working population has increased. Moreover, rapid growth of e-commerce industry in the region has increased the availability of variety of workwear products. Whereas North America accounted the second largest workwear market due to high demand for skin friendly and highly durable workwear. In addition, the continuous expansion of different industries is the key driver of the market. Several other regions such as Europe, which includes Germany and France, have witnessed higher demand for workwear due to rise in employment rate and the record growth in different sectors. However, sometimes work wear are uncomfortable and create uneasiness to the person wearing it. Workwear is not free; employees have to pay for them form their respective salaries and require regular maintenance. Clothes made from polyester are not breathable and is not recyclable. Usage of more polyester and some of the above restraints act as disadvantage to the global work wear market.

The rapid industrial development has fueled the growth in industrial workwear sector especially in developing countries such as China, India, Vietnam, and others. The demand for protective workwear in various industries, such as the construction, petrochemicals, oil & gas, and manufacturing industries, is on a rapid increase due to protection and safety of the workforce. Moreover, rapid industrial development has increased the demand for industrial workwear due to strict government rules and regulations in developing geographical regions, such as Latin America and Middle East.

Industrial accidents at workplaces arise due to the unsafe behavior or unsafe conditions in factories. An accident at work is a mishap during the course of work, which leads to physical or mental harm. Non-fatal accidents at work are those that mean at least four full calendar days of absence from work (called serious accidents at work). Fatal accidents at work are those that lead to the death of the victim within one year. There are some industries such as construction and mining where individuals are greatly exposed to occupational hazards than others. This has the highest rate of fatal injuries out of all other industry sections. The governments have mandated several regulations related to occupational safety for workers, which encourages people to use workwear at the workplaces. The increase in regulatory actions with the support from International Labor Organization (ILO) help in the adoption of workwear thus boosting Workwear Market Size. Moreover, surge in labor force due to rapid industrial development has enforced the government to impose strict rules for workwear. Worker safety issues are being addressed and industrialists are focused on improving the safety standards, which further increase the demand for workwear especially footwear globally.

The increase in importance of workwear as a representation of one's professionalism in the workplace, especially in the industrial and corporate sectors, is anticipated to continue to be a significant driver in boosting product demand. Workwear refers to wearing clothes and accessories designed for a professional workplace. Wearing workwear according to the work environment can help form a positive impression on people you meet at the workplace.

In addition, the growth in awareness among corporates regarding the benefits of workwear such as to maintenance of professional image and effective promotion of a company brand. For instance, workwear in hospital staff, create an atmosphere of professionalism and team-like feeling amongst staff whereas workwear in manufacturing and allied sectors shows awareness of occupational hazards, and hence companies are enforcing a safer work environment. Moreover, workwear helps people to present a positive and professional image of themselves in organization to others.

The global market is driven by product developments supported by technological advancements. With the advent of technology, work attire has evolved dramatically over the years, and most of the top clothing manufacturers are hiring high-profile fashion designers or investing in an in-house design team to produce work attire that strikes the ideal balance between being formal and serious while also being fun and fashionable.

Over the years, significant Workwear Industry participants have innovated their technologies in response to a rise in global need for creative workwear. For instance, Carhartt Inc., a U.S. garment manufacturer, got a patent for its Full Swing technology in June 2019. This technique improves the mobility of its users by employing a stretchable back layer (concealed). Unlike typical outerwear garments with one-piece outer shells, workwear created with Full Swing technology enhances the range of motion by incorporating stretchable panels in the rear that are concealed while still preserving the function or integrity of the gear.

Workwear Market
By Product
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The Apparel segment holds the major market share owing to increasing demand for comfortable, lightweight, and fashionable Apparel from working professionals worldwide along with rising safety concerns at work place is propelling the growth of this segment.

The global workwear market segmented into product, end user, application, distribution channel, and region. On the basis of product, the market is classified into apparel and footwear. By end user, it is categorized into men and women. Depending on application, it is bifurcated into Chemical, Power, Food & Beverage, Biological, Others. As per distribution channel, it is segregated into supermarkets & hypermarkets, specialty stores, online sales channel, and others. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

The apparel segment dominates the global wearable market, owing to rise in demand for comfortable, lightweight, and fashionable apparel from working professionals worldwide along with rising safety concerns at work place is propelling the growth of this segment. Growing participation and inclination of people toward job opportunities are also among the major factors driving the segment growth. The protective apparel particularly generating huge demand from the medical & healthcare industry. Moreover, the rising demand for durable and comfortable apparel coupled with the availability of customized products is expected to boost the product demand further. Companies like Scruffs, a U.K.-based apparel supplier, provides softshell jackets made with 100% polyester. This product is waterproof, fully wind-resistant, and enables high mobility which is expected to drive the market demand.

Workwear Market by End User

The men segment exhibits the fastest growth, owing to high concentration of men workers in the manufacturing sector generating huge demand for apparel as well as footwear. In addition, strict government regulation for safety of workplace at manufacturing sites is also expected to boost market demand. Rising employment across all sectors in developing region such as Asia-Pacific and Africa is also expected to drive market demand. Development of advance fabric based of natural fiber composites coupled with anti-microbial, and flame-retardant characteristics is expected to boost the market demand.

Workwear Market by Application

The workwear is mostly preferred by chemical industries. This is attributed to presence of significant health and safety risks. In some cases, leakage of chemicals might also lead to explosions. Thus, some chemical processes require chemical protective workwear to ensure the protection of industrial workers all these factors drive the market demand for workwear in chemical industry.

Workwear Market by Distribution Channel

The specialty channel is highest contributor to the market as manufactures are continuously making efforts to increase shelf visibility of their products, and hence they are majorly targeting specialty stores. As a result, wider varieties of workwear are available in specialty stores. Moreover, specialty stores provide options such as discounts as well as the benefit of immediate gratification, which contribute toward the Workwear Market Growth.

Workwear Market by Region

Region wise, Asia-Pacific dominated the market with largest Workwear Market Share during the Workwear Market Forecastperiod. The growth of the APAC regional market can be attributed to the rising job opportunities in the region which, in turn are expected to augment the Workwear Market Demand for workwear clothing among the working population. In addition, an increasing the number of established companies offering innovative workwear products with the help of advance technology is expected to drive the market in Asia Pacific.  

The major Workwear Industryplayer analyzed in the report are Carhartt Inc., Aramark, Alisco Group, Alexandra, A. Lafont SAS, Aditya Birla Group, 3M, Ansell Ltd., Honeywell International, Kimberly Clark Corp., VF Corporation., Engelbert Strauss GmbH, Workwear Group Pty Ltd., Hultafors Group AB., Williamson Dickie Mfg. Co.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the workwear market analysis from 2021 to 2031 to identify the prevailing Workwear Market Opportunity.
  • The market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the workwear market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global workwear market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Workwear Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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Market Size By 2031

USD 29.1 billion

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.3%

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Forecast period

2021 - 2031

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Report Pages

365

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By Product 
  • Footwear
  • Apparel
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By End User
  • Men
  • Women
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By Application
  • Chemical
  • Power
  •  Food and Beverage
  • Biological
  • Others
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By Distribution Channel
  • Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
  • Specialty Stores
  • E commerce
  • Others
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (UK, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
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Key Market Players

Ansell Ltd., Engelbert Strauss GmbH, Aditya Birla Group, Aramark, Honeywell International, Hultafors Group AB., A. Lafont SAS, Workwear Group Pty Ltd., Alisco Group, Kimberly Clark Corp., Williamson Dickie Mfg. Co, VF Corporation., 3M, Alexandra, Carhartt Inc.

Analyst Review

According to the CXOs of the top companies, the workwear market is expected to grow due to rise in importance of work wear as a reflection of professionalism at workplace, particularly in the manufacturing and corporate sectors. Furthermore, the increase in occurrence of workplace accidents on the global level is expected to promote the adoption of appropriate work apparel and the footwear. In addition, the factors that drive the growth of workwear market are growth in the service sector due to emergence of new employment opportunities. Increase in penetration of the service industry has created huge opportunity for the work wear market. Moreover, rise in awareness among the corporates regarding the benefits of work wear such as production of employees and easiness in identification are expected to boost the market growth.

The CXOs further added that innovation in fiber to provide the employee comfort by absorbing excess sweat is expected to be the major market driver during the forecast period. In addition, companies are developing smart wearable materials capable to sense lightning, and heating. Thus, smart wearable is projected to help provide safety to industrial employee and further increase market demand... Surge in demand for comfortable lightweight and fashionable apparel for working professionals worldwide have propelled the growth of the market. Furthermore, the rise in demand for durable and comfortable apparel coupled with the availability of customized products is going to make positive impact on the market in the upcoming future.

Author Name(s) : Aniket Kadam | Roshan Deshmukh
Frequently Asked Questions?

increase employment across the globe thus leading to positive impact on workwear products such as apparel and footwear. Increase in penetration of the service industry creates huge opportunity for the workwear market.

The workwear is mostly preferred by chemical industries. This is attributed to presence of significant health and safety risks. In some cases, leakage of chemicals might also lead to explosions.

Region wise, Asia-Pacific dominated the market with largest share during the forecast period. The growth of the APAC regional market can be attributed to the rising job opportunities in the region which, in turn are expected to augment the demand for workwear clothing among the working population.

The workwear market size was valued at $16,145.4 million in 2021, and is projected to reach $29,062.0 million by 2031, registering a CAGR of 6.3% from 2022 to 2031. The workwear products help in identification and provide safety to employee or worker at workplace. These products include corporate workwear, industrial workwear, industrial footwear, and corporate uniforms. Industrial workwear is meant to provide safety & durability to people and protection from external hazards to the employees on the work floor.

The major player analyzed in the report are Carhartt Inc., Aramark, Alisco Group, Alexandra, A. Lafont SAS, Aditya Birla Group, 3M, Ansell Ltd., Honeywell International, Kimberly Clark Corp., VF Corporation., Engelbert Strauss GmbH, Workwear Group Pty Ltd., Hultafors Group AB., Williamson Dickie Mfg. Co.

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Workwear Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031