The proportion of apparel supply chain companies hiring for digitalization related positions rose in July compared with the equivalent month last year, with 93.3% of the companies included in our analysis recruiting for at least one such position.

This latest figure was higher than the 88.2% of companies who were hiring for digitalisation related jobs a year ago but a decrease compared to the figure of 100% in June.

When it came to the rate of all job openings that were linked to digitalisation, related job postings dropped in July from June, with 10.6% of newly posted job advertisements being linked to the topic.

This latest figure was an increase compared to the 6.4% of newly advertised jobs that were linked to digitalisation in the equivalent month a year ago.

Digitalisation is one of the topics that GlobalData, from where the data for this article is taken, has identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years. Companies that excel and invest in these areas now are thought to be better prepared for the future business landscape and better equipped to survive unforeseen challenges.

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Analysis of the data shows that apparel supply chain companies are currently hiring for digitalisation jobs at a rate lower than the average for all companies within GlobalData's job analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 11.2% in July.

GlobalData's job analytics database tracks the daily hiring patterns of thousands of companies across the world, drawing in jobs as they're posted and tagging them with additional layers of data on everything from the seniority of each position to whether a job is linked to wider industry trends.