The Demographic of Employees
Hosiery factories, including Holeproof and London Hosiery Mills, had a predominantly female workforce. Generally, between 50 to 70% of a factory’s employees were women. These women were responsible for the bulk of the labour which included running the knitting machines, working in the company offices, performing hand sewing, folding the stockings, and packaging them. The men who did work at the factories typically held positions of authority, like foremen and mangers, or worked as machinists – employed to keep the machines in working order and fix them when something went wrong.