Workwear Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Workwear Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Apparel, Footwear), By Demography (Men, Women), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jul, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-186-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 80

Industry Insights

The global workwear market size was valued at USD 28.3 billion in 2018. Rising importance of workwear as a way of showing professionalism in the manufacturing and corporate sectors is expected to remain a key driving force in the market.

Furthermore, increasing occurrences of workplace accidents and fatalities at a global level is expected to promote the industry growth. For instance, as per the report of ILO, every year, around 2.3 million people around the world die due to work-related accidents or diseases. Over the past few years, companies are offering advanced fabric technology with lightweight and adaptable fabrics and apparel that can be used for different work environments.

U.S. workwear market

For instance, Scruffs is offering softshell jackets made with 100% polyester. This product is waterproof, fully wind resistant, and easily movable, which is attracting consumers to purchase this product. Similarly, U.K. based company, Mascot International Ltd. offers safety shoes and boots that are lightweight and made with a shock absorbing sole.

It has been observed that leading companies are introducing the internet of things (loT) features and asset tracking system. A microcontroller chip is fitted inside the internet of things wearable equipment that collects real time data about the posture, toxic gas exposure, motion, breathing, heart rate of workers, and it is visible at the desktop of in-charge person.

This technology enables the organizations to ensure worker safety by permitting the maximum supervision of worker’s health condition. An Italy based organization, namely Eniday manufactures workwear with IOT features. Other key IOT workwear manufacturers include People People and Lindström Group.

Product Insights

Apparel products accounted for the largest share of more than 75.0% in 2018. As per the safety policies, majority of the manufacturing companies provide workwear apparels. Furthermore, companies are coming up with advanced fabric technology to provide adaptable and lightweight fabrics and apparel, which can be used for different temperatures and work environments.

It has been observed that these workwear products are made to withstand and protect workers from the emission of explosive forces, plasma, plasma, hot liquids, plasma, and up to 12,000°C temperature. Some of the companies are also offering multi-functional clothing that has the ability to protect workers against many forms of chemical exposure in refineries, laboratories, petrochemical plants, and hazardous maintenance operations.

Footwear is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 6.3% from 2019 to 2025. Manufacturing industries are forcing their workforce to wear safety footwear to avoid slip and falls inside the premises. In the power industries, it has become essential to use footwear to avoid burns. Many pharma companies are situated in cold places, where work footwear can prevent health issues including frost bites and hypothermia to their employees.

Demography Insights

The men category dominated the market, accounting for more than 55.0% share of the overall revenue in 2018. As per the World Bank report, in 2017, around 67% of the global working population were men. Furthermore, high concentration of men workers in the manufacturing sector is expected to promote the apparel and footwear for men. It has been observed that companies tend to purchase men workwear in bulk.

The women category is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 6.1% from 2019 to 2025. Major factor contributing to the growth of this segment is expansion of women working population at a global level. Gender discrimination towards heavy work is decreasing day by day, which is increasing women workforce across the global. By understanding these trends, companies have started offering fashionable women workwear. For instance, U.S. based company, Safety Girls is offering different colors, size, and styles in women fashion workwear.

Application Insights

The chemical segment generated a revenue of USD 9.9 billion in 2018 and is expected to witness significant growth in the near future. High safety protocol of this industry is attributed to the growth of the chemical segment. Majority of the firms are concerned with their safety protocols, which is the major reason behind the demand of workwear in the chemical industry. Companies are creating awareness among their workforce about the ill effects of harmful chemicals, which is driving the employees to use workwear apparel and footwear.

Global workwear market

Food and beverage is expected to be the fastest growing segment, expanding at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2019 to 2025. Many companies are coming up with their food and beverage products to meet the market demand. Some of the popular workwear in this segment are protective clothing, chefs gear, safety footwear, safety spectacles and goggles, safety gloves, hearing protection, and hard hats.

Regional Insights

North America was the largest market, accounting for over 45.0% share of the global revenue in 2018. As per the U.S. government, the employees must wear fabrics with flammable spread of 3.5 seconds or more for plain surface fabrics, more than 7 seconds for raised surface fabrics, and 0-7 seconds for raised surface fabrics with no ignition. Due to the implementation of government regulations, employees wear workwear in the manufacturing sector of U.S. and Canada.

Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 6.9% from 2019 to 2025. Strong presence of working class population in countries including China, India, and Japan is boosting the demand for this product in this region. Furthermore, companies from North America and Europe are setting up their manufacturing centers in this region due to cheap labor and availability of raw material.

Workwear Market Share Insights

Key players of the market include Carhartt Inc.; Alamark; Alsico NV; Alexandra; A. LAFONT SAS; ADITYA BIRLA GROUP; 3M; ANSELL Ltd.; Honeywell International Inc.; and Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. Companies are adopting various strategies such as mergers and acquisitions to expand their market reach.

For instance, in January 2018, AHLSELL acquired OUTLET within workwear and personal protection in Västerås. Similarly, in 2018, HALO Branded Solutions, Inc. acquired a New Berlin based distributor chain company, namely Caliendo Savio Enterprises, Inc. (CSE).

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Billion & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa

Report coverage      

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Country scope

U.S., U.K., Germany, China, India, and Brazil

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global workwear market report on the basis of product, demography, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • Apparel

    • Footwear

  • Demography Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • Men

    • Women

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • Chemical

    • Power

    • Food & Beverage

    • Biological

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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