Europe witnessed a 2.9% drop in IT hiring activity in the retail industry in August 2021 when compared with the previous month, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics dashboard.

August 2021 has seen an increase of 6.67% in the overall hiring activity when compared with July 2021.

IT jobs accounted for a 4.12% share in the industry’s total hiring activity in August 2021, registering a decrease of 0.96% over the last three-month average share.

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers Occupations leads by classification in August 2021

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers Occupations emerged as the leading IT occupation in Europe with a share of 67.84% in August 2021, a 7.36% drop over the previous month. Miscellaneous Computer Occupations came in next, claiming a share of 10.54% in August 2021, marking a 16.67% month-on-month decline. In the third place was Database and Network Administrators and Architects with a share of 9.37% in August 2021, a 41.18% drop from July 2021.

Computer Support Specialists registered a share of 4.92% in August 2021, a 36.96% rise over the previous month.

Top five retail companies in Europe’s IT recruitment activity in August 2021

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average decline of 8.24% in the overall IT recruitment activity of Europe’s retail industry during August 2021 over previous month.

J Sainsbury posted 446 IT jobs in August 2021 and registered a decline of 3.88% over the previous month, followed by Amazon with 200 jobs and a 21.88% drop. Zalando with 80 IT jobs and Inter IKEA Holding with 68 jobs, recorded a 29.03% rise and a 32% drop, respectively, while H & M Hennes & Mauritz recorded a 46.43% increase with 41 job postings during August 2021.

Country-wise composition of IT hiring in Europe’s retail industry

The UK commanded a leading presence in the region’s retail industry IT hiring activity with a 52.77% share in August 2021, an 11.29% decrease over July 2021. Germany featured next with a 16% share, up 3.54% over the previous month. Sweden recorded a 5.85% share, a growth of 4.17% compared with July 2021.

Junior Level job postings dominate in August 2021

Junior Level jobs held a share of 66.59%, down by 8.48% from July 2021. Mid Level positions with a 17.56% share, registered a decline of 19.06% compared with the previous month.

In the third place was Entry Level job ads with 15.61% share, down 11.89% over July 2021, while Senior postings accounted for 0.23%, recording a month-on-month flat growth.