Textiles & Apparel Retail
Automation has already established its foothold in the areas of spinning and weaving in textile and apparel sector, it is set to intensify and take over the job of helpers, fabric cutters, packers, pressers etc. The report cites industry experts that one robot can replace around 100 workers in a typical Indian textiles plant. The weaving and garmenting subsector would continue to hire at a rate of 8-8.5 per cent year-onyear against a historical growth rate of 9-9.5 per cent to reach 40.7 million in 2022. 45-55 per cent of the jobs in 2022 would require new skill sets.
The roles that are at the risk of being obsolete are that of the packer, checker, folder, helper, and material handler. New jobs for environmental specialists, apparel data analyst, IT process engineer,
PLC maintenance specialist and e-textiles specialists will come to the fore. Simultaneously, the roles of merchandiser, fabric cutter, and pattern master will become increasingly digitized, and involve more machinery.