1. Analysis
April 25, 2022

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

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

By Data Journalism Team

Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing region for internet of things (IoT) hiring among retail industry companies in the three months ending February.

The number of roles in Asia-Pacific made up 14.5% of total IoT jobs – up from 10.3% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Middle East & Africa, which saw a -0.2 year-on-year percentage point change in IoT 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 internet of things, 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 IoT job ads in the retail industry?

The fastest growing country was China, which saw 1.1% of all IoT job adverts in the three months ending February 2021, increasing to 6.4% in the three months ending February this year.

That was followed by Japan (up 0.2 percentage points), India (0), and Germany (-0.1).

The top country for IoT roles in the retail industry is the United States which saw 75.7% of all roles advertised in the three months ending February.

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

Some 10.7% of all retail industry IoT roles were advertised in Seattle (United States) in the three months ending February.

That was followed by Bengaluru (India) with 10.7%, Sunnyvale (United States) with 3.9%, and Austin (United States) with 3.6%.