Middle East & Africa witnessed a 9.8% drop in IT hiring activity in the retail industry in August 2022 when compared with the previous month, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics dashboard.

August 2022 has seen a decrease of 6.88% in the overall hiring activity when compared with July 2022.

IT jobs accounted for a 14.39% share in the industry’s total hiring activity in August 2022, registering a decrease of 0.28% over the last three-month average share.

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

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers Occupations emerged as the leading IT occupation in Middle East & Africa with a share of 54.55% in August 2022, a 29.41% drop over the previous month. Computer and Information Analysts came in next, claiming a share of 21.59% in August 2022, marking a 17.39% month-on-month decline. In the third place was Computer Support Specialists with a share of 10.23% in August 2022, an 800% rise from July 2022.

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Computer and Information Research Scientists registered a share of 7.95% in August 2022, a 75% rise over the previous month.

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

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average decline of 26.92% in the overall IT recruitment activity of Middle East & Africa’s retail industry during August 2022 over previous month.

Amazon posted 36 IT jobs in August 2022 and registered a decline of 38.98% over the previous month, followed by Foschini Group with 16 jobs and a 23.08% growth. Inter IKEA Holding with 11 IT jobs and Shoprite Holdings with 8 jobs, recorded a 37.5% rise and a 46.67% drop, respectively, while Dis-Chem Pharmacies recorded a 44.44% decline with 5 job postings during August 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 69.32% share in August 2022, a 3.17% decrease over July 2022. Niger featured next with a 12.5% share, up 37.5% over the previous month. Israel recorded a 6.82% share, a drop of 80.65% compared with July 2022.

Junior Level job postings dominate in August 2022

Junior Level jobs held a share of 50%, down by 34.33% from July 2022. Entry Level positions with a 31.82% share, registered a flat growth compared with the previous month.

In the third place was Mid Level job ads with an 18.18% share, down 15.79% over July 2022.