The global oil & gas industry noticed a 5.7% rise in IT hiring activity in April 2022 over the previous month, led by Shell’s 15.84% share, according to GlobalData’s Jobs Analytics database.

The oil & gas industry’s overall hiring activity increased 2.27% when compared with March 2022.

Noticeably, IT jobs accounted for a 7.09% share of the global oil & gas industry’s hiring activity in April 2022, up 0.41% over the last three-month average share.

According to GlobalData, IT job opportunities available at the end of April 2022 were 5.77% higher when compared with the previous month.

The increase was a result of 10.99% lower job postings as compared to job closures during the month.

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers drive oil & gas IT hiring activity

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers with a share of 51.71% emerged as the top IT occupation in the oil & gas hiring activity in April 2022, a 9.31% growth over the previous month. Miscellaneous Computer Occupations came in second with a share of 14.04% in April 2022, up 21.9% over the previous month.

The other prominent IT roles include Database and Network Administrators and Architects with a 12.95% share in April 2022, a growth of 16.22% over the previous month, and Computer and Information Analysts with an 11.37% share in April 2022 and a rise of 13.11% over March 2022.

Top five oil & gas companies by recruitment activity in April 2022

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average growth of 52.7% share in the overall IT recruitment activity of global oil & gas industry during April 2022 over March 2022.

Shell posted 421 IT jobs in April 2022 and registered a rise of 198.58% over the previous month, followed by Koch Industries with 343 jobs and a 50.44% growth. Ecopetrol with 330 IT jobs and Exxon Mobil with 174 jobs, recorded a 5.98% decline and a 3.57% rise, respectively, while Oceaneering International recorded a flat growth with 88 job postings during April 2022.

Regional composition of IT hiring in oil & gas industry

North America emerged as the leading region in the global oil & gas IT hiring activity in April 2022 with a 40.12% share, which marked an 11.51% rise over the previous month.

Asia-Pacific stood next with 27.36%, registering a 51.46% month-on-month growth. South & Central America was the third leading region with a 16.03% share and a 1.62% drop over March 2022.

In the fourth place was Europe with a share of 14.87% and a month-on-month drop of 0.25%. Middle East & Africa stood at the bottom of the table with a share of 1.62%, registering a 22.86% increase over the previous month.