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October 16, 2021updated 01 Nov 2021 11:43am

Middle East & Africa’s aerospace, defence & security industry IT hiring activity drops 10.2% in September 2021

Middle East & Africa witnessed a 10.2% drop in IT hiring activity in the aerospace, defence & security industry in September 2021 when compared with the previous month, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics dashboard.

September 2021 has seen a decrease of 0.63% in the overall hiring activity when compared with August 2021.

IT jobs accounted for a 7.23% share in the industry’s total hiring activity in September 2021, registering a decrease of 1.11% over the last three-month average share.

Database and Network Administrators and Architects Occupations leads by classification in September 2021

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Database and Network Administrators and Architects Occupations emerged as the leading IT occupation in Middle East & Africa with a share of 40.54% in September 2021, a 6.25% drop over the previous month. Computer and Information Research Scientists came in next, claiming a share of 29.73% in September 2021, marking an 83.33% month-on-month increase. In the third place was Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers with a share of 18.92% in September 2021, a 41.67% drop from August 2021.

Computer Support Specialists registered a share of 5.41% in September 2021, a 77.78% decline over the previous month.

Top five aerospace, defence & security companies in Middle East & Africa’s IT recruitment activity in September 2021

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average decline of 17.5% in the overall IT recruitment activity of Middle East & Africa’s aerospace, defence & security industry during September 2021 over previous month.

Vectrus posted 11 IT jobs in September 2021 and registered a decline of 57.69% over the previous month, followed by L3Harris Technologies with 10 jobs and a 900% growth. Elbit Systems with 5 IT jobs and Thales with 4 jobs, recorded a 16.67% drop and a 42.86% drop, respectively, while General Dynamics recorded a flat growth with 3 job postings during September 2021.

Country-wise composition of IT hiring in Middle East & Africa’s aerospace, defence & security industry

Israel commanded a leading presence in the region’s aerospace, defence & security industry IT hiring activity with a 40.54% share in September 2021, a 150% increase over August 2021. Kuwait featured next with a 29.73% share, down 54.17% over the previous month. Qatar recorded a 10.81% share, a drop of 33.33% compared with August 2021.

Junior Level job postings dominate in September 2021

Junior Level jobs held a share of 54.05%, down by 31.03% from August 2021. Mid Level positions with a 35.14% share, registered a flat growth compared with the previous month.

In the third place was Entry Level job ads with a 10.81% share, down 33.33% over August 2021.

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