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The global apparel industry noticed a 4.9% drop in IT hiring activity in June 2022 over the previous month, led by Amazon’s 71.8% share, according to GlobalData’s Jobs Analytics database.

The apparel industry’s overall hiring activity declined 6.34% when compared with May 2022.

Noticeably, IT jobs accounted for a 7.6% share of the global apparel industry’s hiring activity in June 2022, up 0.29% over the last three-month average share.

According to GlobalData, IT job opportunities available at the end of June 2022 were 5.39% lower when compared with the previous month.

The decrease was a result of 22.95% higher job postings as compared to job closures during the month.

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Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers drive apparel IT hiring activity

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers with a share of 79.25% emerged as the top IT occupation in the apparel hiring activity in June 2022, an 11.61% decline over the previous month. Database and Network Administrators and Architects came in second with a share of 9.61% in June 2022, down 13.86% over the previous month.

The other prominent IT roles include Miscellaneous Computer Occupations with a 5.2% share in June 2022, a decline of 0.95% over the previous month, and Computer and Information Analysts with a 3.43% share in June 2022 and a drop of 20.16% over May 2022.

Top five apparel companies by recruitment activity in June 2022

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average decline of 10.81% share in the overall IT recruitment activity of global apparel industry during June 2022 over May 2022.

Amazon posted 4,318 IT jobs in June 2022 and registered a drop of 10.41% over the previous month, followed by Walmart with 311 jobs and a 15.72% decline. REWE Group with 161 IT jobs and Inter IKEA Holding with 132 jobs, recorded a flat growth and a 0.75% drop, respectively, while Dollar Tree recorded a 65.02% drop with 113 job postings during June 2022.

Regional composition of IT hiring in apparel industry

North America emerged as the leading region in the global apparel IT hiring activity in June 2022 with a 78.03% share, which marked a 0.84% rise over the previous month.

Europe stood next with 13.07%, registering a 25.07% month-on-month decline. Asia-Pacific was the third leading region with a 6.98% share and a 57.23% drop over May 2022.

In the fourth place was Middle East & Africa with a share of 1.35% and a month-on-month drop of 11.96%. South & Central America stood at the bottom of the table with a share of 0.57%, registering a 43.33% decrease over the previous month.