The global retail industry noticed a 0.7% rise in IT hiring activity in November 2021 over the previous month, led by Amazon’s 55.42% share, according to GlobalData’s Jobs Analytics database.

The retail industry’s overall hiring activity declined 0.69% when compared with October 2021.

Noticeably, IT jobs accounted for a 4.76% share of the global retail industry’s hiring activity in November 2021, up 0.1% over the last three-month average share.

According to GlobalData, IT job opportunities available at the end of November 2021 were 2.95% lower when compared with the previous month.

The decrease was a result of 11.24% higher job postings as compared to job closures during the month.

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Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers drive retail IT hiring activity

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers with a share of 78.21% emerged as the top IT occupation in the retail hiring activity in November 2021, a 10.65% decline over the previous month. Miscellaneous Computer Occupations came in second with a share of 7.39% in November 2021, up 0.29% over the previous month.

The other prominent IT roles include Database and Network Administrators and Architects with a 7.02% share in November 2021, a decline of 20.05% over the previous month, and Computer Support Specialists with a 3.62% share in November 2021 and a rise of 3.37% over October 2021.

Top five retail companies by recruitment activity in November 2021

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average decline of 9.44% share in the overall IT recruitment activity of global retail industry during November 2021 over October 2021.

Amazon posted 5,165 IT jobs in November 2021 and registered a drop of 10.58% over the previous month, followed by Walmart with 369 jobs and an 8.89% decline. CVS Health with 211 IT jobs and Chewy with 191 jobs, recorded a 7.65% growth and a 7.3% rise, respectively, while Inter IKEA Holding recorded a 9.25% drop with 157 job postings during November 2021.

Regional composition of IT hiring in retail industry

North America emerged as the leading region in the global retail IT hiring activity in November 2021 with a 72.79% share, which marked a 0.74% rise over the previous month.

Asia-Pacific stood next with 12.92%, registering a 37.78% month-on-month decline. Europe was the third leading region with a 12.29% share and a 12.39% drop over October 2021.

In the fourth place was South & Central America with a share of 1.02% and a month-on-month drop of 64.15%. Middle East & Africa stood at the bottom of the table with a share of 0.99%, registering a 5.15% decrease over the previous month.