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December 9, 2021updated 15 Dec 2021 11:24am

Asia-Pacific sees boom in apparel industry digitalisation roles

Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing region for digitalisation hiring among apparel industry companies in the three months ending October 2021, according to GlobalData.

The number of apparel industry roles in Asia-Pacific made up 12.5 per cent of total digitalisation jobs – up from 1.5 per cent in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by North America, which saw a 2.3 year-on-year percentage point change in digitalisation roles.

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.

These key themes, which include digitalisation, 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 digitalisation roles in the apparel industry?

The fastest growing country was Singapore, which saw zero per cent of all digitalisation job adverts in the three months ending July last year, increasing to 6.2 per cent in the three months ending October this year.

That was followed by China (up 4.8 percentage points), the United States (up 3.6), and the United Kingdom (up 1.3).

The top country for digitalisation roles in the apparel industry is the United States which saw 34.4 per cent of all roles in the three months ending October.

Which cities are the biggest hubs for digitalisation workers in the apparel industry?

Some 13.9 per cent of all apparel industry digitalisation roles were advertised in Paris (France) in the three months ending October - more than any other city.

That was followed by Shanghai (China) with 13.9 per cent, Singapore (Singapore) with 6.2 per cent, and San Francisco (United States) with 4.5 per cent.

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