1. Analysis
June 7, 2022

Asia-Pacific is seeing a hiring boom in retail industry big data roles

Some parts of the world are investing more heavily in big data roles than others

By Data Journalism Team

Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing region for big data hiring among retail industry companies in the three months ending April.

The number of roles in Asia-Pacific made up 16.2% of total big data jobs – up from 11.1% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by North America, which saw a -3.1 year-on-year percentage point change in big data roles.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track the number of new job postings from key companies in various sectors over time. Using textual analysis, these job advertisements are then classified thematically.

GlobalData's thematic approach to sector activity seeks to group key company information by topic to see which companies are best placed to weather the disruptions coming to their industries.

These key themes, which include big data, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

By tracking them across job advertisements it allows us to see which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels - and importantly where the market is expanding and contracting.

Which countries are seeing the most growth for big data job ads in the retail industry?

The fastest growing country was China, which saw 2.2% of all big data job adverts in the three months ending April 2021, increasing to 4.7% in the three months ending April this year.

That was followed by India (up 2.5 percentage points), Spain (0.5), and Luxembourg (0.2).

The top country for big data roles in the retail industry is the United States which saw 61.4% of all roles advertised in the three months ending April.

Which cities are the biggest hubs for big data workers in the retail industry?

Some 10.5% of all retail industry big data roles were advertised in Seattle (United States) in the three months ending April.

That was followed by Bengaluru (India) with 5%, New York City (United States) with 3.1%, and Sunnyvale (United States) with 3.1%.