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November 5, 2021

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

By Michael Goodier

Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing region for Internet of Things (IoT) hiring among retail industry companies in the three months ending August.

The number of roles in Asia-Pacific made up 26.3 per cent of total IoT jobs – up from 6.3 per cent in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Middle East & Africa, which saw a 0.3 year-on-year percentage point change in IoT roles.

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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.

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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 roles in retail?

The fastest growing country was China, which saw 0.4 per cent of all IoT job adverts in the three months ending May last year, increasing to 19.7 per cent in the three months ending August this year.

That was followed by India (up 1.2 percentage points), Israel (up 0.3), and Canada (up 0.1).

The top country for IoT roles in the retail industry is the United States which saw 63.9 per cent of all roles in the three months ending August.

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

Some 13.9 per cent of all retail industry IoT roles were advertised in Seattle (United States) in the three months ending August - more than any other city.

That was followed by Hangzhou (China) with 13.9 per cent, Sunnyvale (United States) with 6.1 per cent, and Bengaluru (India) with 3.4 per cent.