The less glamorous side of the fashion industry

Usually synonymous with glamour, jobs in the fashion industry continue to be popular, especially with women, all over the globe. However, the rose-tinted glasses may have finally fallen off, since employees in the fashion industry are getting disillusioned with their jobs.

A study conducted by 24 Seven, A New York talent search company, found that 89% of the people in fashion are having problems with their jobs and say that the jobs are not so glamorous after all.

According to WWD, out of the 1300 workers in the industry who were questioned, 86% said that they were looking for new employment opportunities. 56% of those surveyed said that they were unhappy with the balance of their work-life, and that they had no social life. This rate has increased from 31% in the year 2012.

According to the study, there seems to be a notion that the title of “fashion designer” has lost all of its glamour. According to CareerCast, which published the top 200 jobs list released in April, the bottom 20 list of jobs includes the fashion designer position, which is just hovering above the position of being a maid or butcher.

The 24 seven report goes on to state that the after effects of the recession could be contributing to the fall in the number of position of jobs in the fashion industry. However, there are sectors in the fashion industry which are prospering despite these developments. E-commerce and luxury take the top spot in employee satisfaction but on the other hand employees in the lifestyle brands were unhappy.

Surprisingly, freelancers in the industry seem to be the happiest lot. The study showed that they had a better work-life balance, which is an improvement from the results of a 2012 survey.

The demand for freelancers has increased, and 69% of the executives questioned said that they would keep or increase the number of independent employees that they hired. Freelancers are poised to earn more money, and the study confirms that there will be an 88% increase in their rates in the following year.