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Number of employees in the textile and clothing industry in Italy 2014-2019

The fashion industry plays a big part in Italy's economy and the country is recognized worldwide for its high-quality products. Between 2014 and 2019, the total number of employees in the textile, clothing, and leather manufacturing industry in Italy slightly decreased. In 2019, 495 thousand people were working in this sector, whereas in the previous year this sector employed over 503 thousand people.

Average salary in the Italian fashion industry

In 2019, the average annual gross salary of employees working in the textile, apparel, and accessories industry in Italy was about 27,500 euros. Men working in the apparel industry earned on average 28.9 thousand euros. This figure was roughly 2.6 thousand euros more than the average annual gross salary of Italian women working in the same sector.

Fashion employers

The importance of the sector for the Italian economy was also reflected in terms of the number of businesses. In 2018, there were over 12,6 thousand enterprises producing textiles in Italy and almost 29 thousand enterprises manufacturing wearing apparel. In the leather industry, the number of companies seemed to decrease. In 2018, however, more than 14 thousand enterprises were involved in the manufacturing of leather and related products.

Total number of employees in the textile, clothing and leather manufacturing industry from 2014 to 2019

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May 2020



Survey time period

2014 to 2019

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