The global medical industry noticed a 2.8% drop in IT hiring activity in October 2021 over the previous month, led by Sonova’s 6.16% share, according to GlobalData’s Jobs Analytics database.

The medical industry’s overall hiring activity declined 4.52% when compared with September 2021.

Noticeably, IT jobs accounted for a 10.25% share of the global medical industry’s hiring activity in October 2021, up 0.17% over the last three-month average share.

According to GlobalData, IT job opportunities available at the end of October 2021 were 1.9% lower when compared with the previous month.

The decrease was a result of 4.01% higher job postings as compared to job closures during the month.

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Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers drive medical IT hiring activity

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers with a share of 63.11% emerged as the top IT occupation in the medical hiring activity in October 2021, a 10.31% decline over the previous month. Database and Network Administrators and Architects came in second with a share of 11.14% in October 2021, up 11.42% over the previous month.

The other prominent IT roles include Miscellaneous Computer Occupations with a 9.88% share in October 2021, a growth of 1.88% over the previous month, and Computer Support Specialists with a 7.28% share in October 2021 and a drop of 4.2% over September 2021.

Top five medical companies by recruitment activity in October 2021

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average decline of 13.46% share in the overall IT recruitment activity of global medical industry during October 2021 over September 2021.

Sonova posted 270 IT jobs in October 2021 and registered a drop of 26.63% over the previous month, followed by Medtronic with 227 jobs and an 8.1% growth. Demant with 200 IT jobs and Danaher with 198 jobs, recorded a 3.63% growth and a 46.34% drop, respectively, while Hill Rom recorded a 65.52% rise with 192 job postings during October 2021.

Regional composition of IT hiring in medical industry

North America emerged as the leading region in the global medical IT hiring activity in October 2021 with a 60.24% share, which marked a 3.69% drop over the previous month.

Europe stood next with 22.99%, registering a 17.32% month-on-month decline. Asia-Pacific was the third leading region with a 14.77% share and an 11.37% drop over September 2021.

In the fourth place was South & Central America with a share of 1% and a month-on-month rise of 15.79%. Middle East & Africa stood at the bottom of the table with a share of 0.98%, registering a 72% increase over the previous month.