Creative Industries 2

The fashion industry in the United Kingdom is vast. With London hosting one of the major fashion weeks of the year, every year, Britain has became a leader in world fashion. With design studios such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Philip Treacy, britain’s foothold on the fashion industry has grown substantially since the eighties. Not only is the British fashion industry full of couture labels, it is also full of brilliant high street brands, such as Topman, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, River Island, Next and Debenhams. The fashion industry in the United Kingdom has many different jobs, such as:

  • Accessory Designers
  • Accessory Designer Assistant
  • Advertising Assistant
  • Advertising Manager
  • Art Director
  • Blog Editor
  • Brand Managers
  • Bridal Managers
  • Bridal Designers
  • Business Manager
  • Buyer’s Assistant
  • Buyers
  • Buyers Administration
  • Catwalk Model
  • Clippers
  • Clothing Fit Model
  • Costume Designer Assistants
  • Cutters
  • Designers Assistant
  • Distribution Administration
  • Distribution Managers
  • Event Planners
  • Event Planners Assistant
  • Export Coordinates
  • Fabric Designer
  • Fabric Designer Assistant
  • Fabric Wholesaler
  • Fashion Commentators
  • Fashion Designers
  • Fashion Event Coordinates
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fashion Journalists
  • Fashion Magazine Editor
  • Fashion Magazine Editorial Staff
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer Assistant
  • Fashion Sales Representative
  • Fashion Show Coordinator
  • Fashion Website Designer
  • Finance Administration
  • Finance Directors
  • Footwear Designers
  • Garment Technician
  • Import Coordinators
  • Internet Marketing Assistant
  • Internet Marketing Manager
  • Jewellery Designers
  • Machinists
  • Magazine Model
  • Marketing Administration
  • Marketing Assistants
  • Marketing Directors
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Merchandise Planner Assistant
  • Merchandise Planners
  • Merchandise Planners Assistant
  • Milliner Designers
  • Online Editor
  • Pattern Makers Assistant
  • Patters Makers
  • Product Developers
  • Public relations Assistants
  • Public Relations Managers
  • Recruitment Administration
  • Recruitment Managers
  • Retail Assistants
  • Retail Managers
  • Sample Cutters
  • Sewers
  • Stylists
  • Stylists Assistant
  • Tailor
  • Warehouse Staff
  • Window Display Designers
  • Window Display Designers Assistant

All of these jobs involve a lot of work, time and creativity. I have chosen the role of a Retail Assistant to investigate.

The position is either demanding or very flexible on time that you can work. Senior sales will normally work an average of 35-40 hours a week, with days varying each week, however, part time sales will normally only work a couple of short shifts a week, and can sometimes choose which days they want to work. Not only does a retail sales assistant help with the selling of clothes, they can also have many creative jobs and duties throughout their day. Many retail sales assistants will have to help with creating displays, fashioning outfits together for body forms and assist in add on sales, which require knowing what pieces work best together. The job duty can be very demanding as it not only do you have to think with a business brain, to meet sales targets, but also with a creative brain to create good shop-ability for the customer.

The fashion industry is a great industry for creative people to work in. For those who either want to be self employed or employed by a company. Self employment is difficult to begin with, but once you begin to create, and gather a foothold, the rewards can be worth it. Many fashion designers start off self employed, doing one off jobs for design companies or through commissions.

The fashion retail industry in Britain makes up a huge number of employment. With 2.9 million people working in the industry by the end of 2009, a total of 11% of employed people in the United Kingdom going to it. This level of employment is to cope with the amount of money that the fashion retail industry brings in, with a total of £41,054 million being spent on the industry.


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