Middle East & Africa witnessed a 20.4% drop in IT hiring activity in the retail industry in October 2022 when compared with the previous month, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics dashboard.

October 2022 has seen a decrease of 16.45% in the overall hiring activity when compared with September 2022.

IT jobs accounted for a 13.9% share in the industry’s total hiring activity in October 2022, registering a decrease of 2.16% over the last three-month average share.

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers Occupations leads by classification in October 2022

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers Occupations emerged as the leading IT occupation in Middle East & Africa with a share of 37.04% in October 2022, a 78.26% drop over the previous month. Database and Network Administrators and Architects came in next, claiming a share of 22.22% in October 2022, marking a 20% month-on-month decline. In the third place was Computer and Information Analysts with a share of 18.52% in October 2022, a 16.67% drop from September 2022.

Miscellaneous Computer Occupations registered a share of 11.11% in October 2022, a flat growth over the previous month.

Top five retail companies in Middle East & Africa’s IT recruitment activity in October 2022

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average decline of 58.33% in the overall IT recruitment activity of Middle East & Africa’s retail industry during October 2022 over previous month.

Amazon posted 17 IT jobs in October 2022 and registered a decline of 73.85% over the previous month, followed by Shoprite Holdings with 10 jobs and a 37.5% drop. Dis-Chem Pharmacies with 5 IT jobs and Foschini Group with 4 jobs, recorded a 16.67% drop and a 42.86% drop, respectively, while Inter IKEA Holding recorded a 100% increase with 4 job postings during October 2022.

Country-wise composition of IT hiring in Middle East & Africa’s retail industry

South Africa commanded a leading presence in the region’s retail industry IT hiring activity with a 50% share in October 2022, a 60.29% decrease over September 2022. Israel featured next with a 29.63% share, down 70.37% over the previous month. Saudi Arabia recorded a 7.41% share, a growth of 300% compared with September 2022.

Junior Level job postings dominate in October 2022

Junior Level jobs held a share of 59.26%, down by 65.96% from September 2022. Entry Level positions with a 22.22% share, registered a decline of 33.33% compared with the previous month.

In the third place was Mid Level job ads with an 18.52% share, down 54.55% over September 2022.