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June 21, 2022updated 28 Jun 2022 1:51pm

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

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

By Data Journalism Team

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

The number of roles in Asia-Pacific made up 11.6% of total cybersecurity jobs – up from 4.1% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Europe, which saw a 0.5 year-on-year percentage point change in cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity, 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 cybersecurity job ads in the retail industry?

The fastest growing country was China, which saw 0.2% of all cybersecurity 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), Germany (1.5), and Australia (0.6).

The top country for cybersecurity roles in the retail industry is the United States which saw 65.3% of all roles advertised in the three months ending April.

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

Some 6.3% of all retail industry cybersecurity roles were advertised in Seattle (United States) in the three months ending April.

That was followed by Austin (United States) with 4.9%, Bentonville (United States) with 4.1%, and Beijing (China) with 3%.