Middle East & Africa witnessed a 7.5% rise in IT hiring activity in the oil & gas industry in October 2021 when compared with the previous month, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics dashboard.

October 2021 has seen a decrease of 2.83% in the overall hiring activity when compared with September 2021.

IT jobs accounted for a 4.26% share in the industry’s total hiring activity in October 2021, registering an increase of 0.45% over the last three-month average share.

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers Occupations leads by classification in October 2021

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers Occupations emerged as the leading IT occupation in Middle East & Africa with a share of 50% in October 2021, an 18.75% rise over the previous month. Database and Network Administrators and Architects came in next, claiming a share of 21.05% in October 2021, marking a 700% month-on-month increase. In the third place was Miscellaneous Computer Occupations with a share of 13.16% in October 2021, a 58.33% drop from September 2021.

Computer Support Specialists registered a share of 7.89% in October 2021, a 40% decline over the previous month.

Top five oil & gas companies in Middle East & Africa’s IT recruitment activity in October 2021

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average flat growth in the overall IT recruitment activity of Middle East & Africa’s oil & gas industry during October 2021 over previous month.

Baker Hughes Holdings posted 9 IT jobs in October 2021 and registered a decline of 25% over the previous month, followed by Henkel AGKGaA with 6 jobs and a 50% growth. John Wood Group with 5 IT jobs and Worley with 5 jobs, recorded a 66.67% rise and a flat growth, respectively, while Sasol recorded a 33.33% decline with 2 job postings during October 2021.

Country-wise composition of IT hiring in Middle East & Africa’s oil & gas industry

Saudi Arabia commanded a leading presence in the region’s oil & gas industry IT hiring activity with a 26.32% share in October 2021, a 16.67% decrease over September 2021. United Arab Emirates featured next with an 18.42% share, flat growth over the previous month. South Africa recorded an 18.42% share, a growth of 75% compared with September 2021.

Junior Level job postings dominate in October 2021

Junior Level jobs held a share of 57.89%, up by 37.5% from September 2021. Mid Level positions with a 26.32% share, registered a decline of 28.57% compared with the previous month.

In the third place was Entry Level job ads with a 15.79% share, down 25% over September 2021.