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Is it bye, bye to the tie? PDF Print E-mail
Written by BMRB   
06 Sep 2006

Is it bye, bye to the tie? New data from BMRB’s TGI survey reveals that fewer upmarket male workers are buying ties than ten years ago

Latest data from BMRB’s Premier TGI survey reveals that the proportion of upmarket male full time workers who buy ties has declined rapidly in the last 10 years – from 70% in 1996 to 56% today, representing a 20% decline.

TGI Director Julian Tooke: “With many companies taking on an increasingly relaxed attitude to dress codes, unsurprisingly the tie is suffering as a result. One possible factor for this is the American influence, where not wearing a tie has been mainstream for some time. This has a knock on effect - if your clients don’t wear ties, then you won’t feel the need to wear one either. Another reason may be the growing popularity of the patterned shirt, which can be difficult to find the ‘right’ tie for.’

Across careers, one of the most interesting shifts is amongst office managers. In 1996, 38% of office managers hadn’t bought a tie ‘in the last 12 months,’ compared to today when 60% of them haven’t bought one in the last year. IT is another sector which has seen a considerable shift in tie buyers - in 1996, 23% hadn’t bought a tie ‘in the last 12 months,’ compared to 56% today.

Last Updated ( 06 Sep 2006 )
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