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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

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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