January 15, 2020
European Commission
Polish T&C sector employs 116 thousand people

Employment in the Polish clothing and textile sector in 2018 amounted to 116.000 people – Poland is the third largest employer in the sector in Europe. Small and medium enterprises from this branch are constantly looking for new employees and are perceived as an attractive employer – average salary has increased recently by 10% and achieves PLN 3-4 thousand brutto monthly.

The Polish clothing and textile market are considered to be one of the most attractive in Central and Eastern Europe. Poland is ranked 8th in terms of clothing production when compared to 28 EU countries – in 2018 production reached the level of PLN 22.1 billion, i.e. was 5.6% higher than in the previous year. Also investments of the sector increased – by 11% in textile industry up toPLN 500 million, an by 34% in clothing – up to PLN 100 million.


Poland is a country listed among the key countries of the TCLF sector – among such countries as Italy, Spain, Romania, Portugal or Germany. The data indicate that the textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries are important in the everyday life of Poles, who spend 10% of their monthly earnings on clothing and footwear. Every fifth Pole follows fashion blogs, fashion shows or influencers, and the most important element of clothing – according to Poles – is footwear, which is important to nearly 40% of people. This industry is also an attractive employer, and its advantages include: high level of export, flexibility of producers, quality of products and provided services as well as product and technological innovations – says Tadeusz Wawrzyniak, President of “PIOT” – Association of Employers of Textile and Clothing Industry.

The textile, clothing, leather and footwear sector (TCLF) is a European potentate, a source of new trends and innovations. It is estimated that the annual turnover in the industry is over €200 billion and that around 225.000 companies employ 2.2 million people – 66% of whom are women.

The Polish TCLF sector still has great potential for development – the European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) are launching a project, which aims to increase employment in this industry: “Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills: showcasing careers in the textile/clothing/leather/footwear sectors”. Its aim is to promote, among job seekers –and focusing particularly on under 30 young people –employment in the TCLF industry, known as one of the most strategic industries for the EU economy. It is crucial for the development of other economic sectors, such as construction, agriculture, transport and road construction, medicine, as well as for the security of secret services and defence.


The campaign provides a series of visits, meetings and open days in EU countries' schools, VETs, TCLF related firms and associations in the EU. The aim is to develop awareness of the spectrum of the sector among potential new employees, students and pupils. A group of experts from each Member State will visit schools and training institutions to present the sector and answer all questions. The campaign aims in particular to raise awareness of the many career possibilities in the above sectors: the high employability and the attractive working environment, the sustainable innovation that is flourishing in those fields and the charming professional figures searched nowadays and in the future in the whole industry.


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