The global apparel industry experienced a 28% drop in new job postings related to cybersecurity in Q2 2023 compared with the previous quarter, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics. This compares to a 27% increase versus Q2 2022. GlobalData’s Cybersecurity in Retail and Apparel report offers comprehensive insights into the cybersecurity value chain for retailers, addressing current challenges and vulnerabilities, market size and growth forecasts, and identifying leading adopters and laggards in the industry. Buy the report here.

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Notably, Sales and Related Occupations jobs accounted for a 20% share of the global apparel industry’s cybersecurity-related total new job postings in Q2 2023, down 25% over the prior quarter.

Sales and Related Occupations drive cybersecurity-related hiring activity

Sales and Related Occupations, with a share of 20%, emerged as the top cybersecurity-related job roles within the apparel industry in Q2 2023, with new job postings drop by 25% quarter-on-quarter. Computer and Mathematical Occupations came in second with a share of 16% in Q2 2023, with new job postings rising by 9% over the previous quarter.

The other prominent cybersecurity roles include Management Occupations with a 12% share in Q2 2023, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations with a 9% share of new job postings.

Top five companies in apparel industry accounted for 79% of hiring activity

The top companies, in terms of number of new job postings tracked by GlobalData, as of Q2 2023 were Ascena Retail Group, Amazon, Walmart, Inter IKEA, and J Sainsbury. Together they accounted for a combined share of 79% of all cybersecurity-related new jobs in the apparel industry.

Ascena Retail Group posted 1,502 cybersecurity-related new jobs in Q2 2023, Amazon 1,268 jobs, Walmart 677 jobs, Inter IKEA 117 jobs, and J Sainsbury 108 jobs, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics.

Hiring activity was driven by the US with a 79.56% share of total new job postings, Q2 2023

The largest share of cybersecurity-related new job postings in the apparel industry in Q2 2023 was in the US with 79.56% followed by the UK (7.10%) and India (2.20%). The share represented by the US was 40 percentage points higher than the 39.57% share it accounted for in Q1 2023.

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This content was updated on 24 July 2023

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