The global retail industry experienced an 18% drop in new job postings related to cybersecurity in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics. This compares to a 15% decrease versus Q4 2022. GlobalData’s Retail: Hiring Trends & Signals Q4 2023 report reveals comprehensive insights into hiring patterns, job roles, required skills, geographical trends, and key themes within the retail industry, facilitating anticipation of future workforce needs. Buy the report here.

Notably, Computer and Mathematical Occupations jobs accounted for a 33% share of the global retail industry’s cybersecurity-related total new job postings in Q4 2023, up 89% over the prior quarter.

Computer and Mathematical Occupations drive cybersecurity-related hiring activity

Computer and Mathematical Occupations, with a share of 33%, emerged as the top cybersecurity-related job roles within the retail industry in Q4 2023, with new job postings rising by 89% quarter-on-quarter. Sales and Related Occupations came in second with a share of 15% in Q4 2023, with new job postings dropping by 47% over the previous quarter.

The other prominent cybersecurity roles include Management Occupations with a 12% share in Q4 2023, Protective Service Occupations with a 5% share of new job postings.

Top five companies in retail industry accounted for 74% of hiring activity

The top companies, in terms of number of new job postings tracked by GlobalData, as of Q4 2023 were Walmart, Ascena Retail Group, Amazon, RealReal, and Home Depot. Together they accounted for a combined share of 74% of all cybersecurity-related new jobs in the retail industry.

Walmart posted 1,633 cybersecurity-related new jobs in Q4 2023, Ascena Retail Group 1,407 jobs, Amazon 690 jobs, RealReal 86 jobs, and Home Depot 85 jobs, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics.

Hiring activity was driven by the US with an 80.72% share of total new job postings, Q4 2023

The largest share of cybersecurity-related new job postings in the retail industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 80.72% followed by the UK (5.36%) and Germany (2.00%). The share represented by the US was one percentage point higher than the 80.12% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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