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Workplace culture

Women on Boards

Drapers Investigates: Getting women on boardSubscription

6 March 2020 By , Illustration by Lee Martin

While opportunities for women are improving across fashion retail, Drapers’ research reveals there is still much to be done to create parity with male counterparts at board level.


Concerns raised over Amazon warehouse injuriesSubscription

18 February 2020 By

More than 600 workers have been injured at Amazon warehouses in the UK over the past three years, according to figures seen by the GMB Union.

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National Living Wage or outrage?Subscription

13 January 2020 By

Drapers examines how the latest “landmark” rise in the National Living Wage will impact the fashion industry. 

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3,150 retail jobs to disappear in one weekSubscription

8 January 2020 By

More than 3,150 retail jobs are set to vanish from the high street this week, driven by a wave of store closures.

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National living wage to jump more than 6%Subscription

31 December 2019 By

The national living wage is set to rise by 6.2% in April, more than four times the rate of inflation, in what the government has called “the biggest cash increase ever”.

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Burberry introduces new parental leave policySubscription

20 November 2019 By

Burberry has announced a new global parental leave policy, offering all employees 18 weeks of parental leave at full pay.

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Are you discriminating against shoppers with disabilities? Subscription

7 November 2019 By

Ahead of accessible shopping day Purple Tuesday, Drapers hears from shoppers with disabilities about how well they are being served by the high street and explores how retailers should be focusing on accessibility.

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Zalando to increase management diversity Subscription

15 October 2019 By

German etailer Zalando has outlined plans to make its senior management teams more diverse in gender, nationality and education.

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Wages up despite slowdown in employmentSubscription

12 September 2019 By

Average pay for British workers increased by 4% year on year in the three months to July, latest figures reveal.

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Who do you need in your retail dream team?Subscription

10 September 2019 By

Drapers imagines the perfect top team for retailers 


Does your business need a diversity officer?Subscription

4 September 2019 By

Should more fashion retailers be following in the footsteps of Gucci and Chanel and hiring diversity bosses?


Fashion brands fail to pay supply chain workers living wageSubscription

7 June 2019 By

A new report claims that “no major clothing brand” is able to show that workers making their clothing in Asia, Africa, Central America or Eastern Europe are paid enough to escape poverty.


Retail makes biggest cut in number of workers on low pay Subscription

30 May 2019 By

The retail sector made the joint biggest reduction in the number of workers on low pay last year.

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British employees ‘dissatisfied’ at workSubscription

28 May 2019 By

The number of British employees happy at work has fallen for the third consecutive year to 41%.

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John Lewis changes pension schemeSubscription

16 May 2019 By

The John Lewis Partnership council has voted for changes to the company’s pension scheme that aim to provide “a more equal distribution of profits” among staff, and save £80m a year. 

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Retail leadership in ‘crisis’, survey findsSubscription

14 May 2019 By

Leadership teams across the retail sector have been deemed “not fit for purpose,” according to a new survey of industry chairs, CEOs and senior executives.

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How Gen Z and millennials are evolving Subscription

13 May 2019

Our new in-depth report, online now, explores how shoppers in their twenties and thirties feel about fashion. 

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First look: PrettyLittleThing opens LA office Subscription

22 February 2019 By

Womenswear etailer PrettyLittleThing has opened the doors of its 7,000 sq ft LA office on Melrose Avenue. 

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Inside the new Boden House Subscription

4 February 2019 By

Take a tour inside the newly refurbished “Boden House” and discover how the British brand is shaking up workplace culture