Middle East & Africa witnessed a 17.1% drop in IT hiring activity in the pharma industry in December 2021 when compared with the previous month, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics dashboard.

December 2021 has seen a decrease of 10.51% in the overall hiring activity when compared with November 2021.

IT jobs accounted for a 3.77% share in the industry’s total hiring activity in December 2021, registering a decrease of 0.53% over the last three-month average share.

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

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers Occupations emerged as the leading IT occupation in Middle East & Africa with a share of 71.43% in December 2021, a 6.25% drop over the previous month. Miscellaneous Computer Occupations came in next, claiming a share of 19.05% in December 2021, marking a 33.33% month-on-month increase. In the third place was Database and Network Administrators and Architects with a share of 9.52% in December 2021, a flat growth from November 2021.

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Top five pharma companies in Middle East & Africa’s IT recruitment activity in December 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 pharma industry during December 2021 over previous month.

MerckInc posted 3 IT jobs in December 2021 and registered an increase of 50% over the previous month, followed by F. Hoffmann-La Roche with 3 jobs and a 200% growth. Myndlift with 2 IT jobs and Parexel International with 2 jobs, recorded a 100% rise and a 71.43% drop, respectively, while Abt Associates recorded a 100% increase with 2 job postings during December 2021.

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

South Africa commanded a leading presence in the region’s pharma industry IT hiring activity with a 33.33% share in December 2021, a 46.15% decrease over November 2021. Israel featured next with a 28.57% share, up 20% over the previous month. Malawi recorded a 9.52% share, a flat growth compared with November 2021.

Junior Level job postings dominate in December 2021

Junior Level jobs held a share of 57.14%, up by 50% from November 2021. Mid Level positions with a 23.81% share, registered a decline of 50% compared with the previous month.

In the third place was Entry Level job ads with a 19.05% share, up 33.33% over November 2021.