Hiring activity related to Internet of Things increased by a CAGR of 20% in the aerospace & defence industry since 2021

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T​​​​​​​he global aerospace & defence industry witnessed a 20% rise in compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in new job postings related to Internet of Things since 2021, according to GlobalData's Job Analytics database. New job postings increased by 34% year-on-year in 2022 and by 7% year-on-year in 2023. 

Notably, computer and mathematical occupations jobs accounted for 41% share of the global aerospace & defence industry’s Internet of Things-related new job postings since 2021.

Computer and mathematical occupations drive Internet of Things-related hiring activity

Computer and mathematical occupations, with a share of 41%, emerged as the top Internet of Things-related job roles within the aerospace & defence industry since 2021, with new job postings rising by 63% year-on-year in 2022 and falling by 23% year-on-year in 2023. 

Architecture and engineering occupations came in second with a share of 19%, with new job postings rising by 58% year-on-year in 2022 and by 20% year-on-year in 2023. 

The other prominent Internet of Things roles include management occupations with a 16% share, business and financial operations occupations with a 6% share and installation, maintenance, and repair occupations with a 3% share. 

The top five companies in the aerospace & defence industry accounted for 58% of hiring activity

The top five companies, in terms of the number of new job postings tracked by GlobalData, since 2021 were RTX, Airbus, Thales, Leidos Holdings, and Boeing. Together they accounted for a combined share of 58% of all Internet of Things-related new jobs in the aerospace & defence industry. 

RTX posted 1,719 Internet of Things-related jobs since 2021, followed by Airbus with 1,527 jobs, and Thales with 1,307 jobs, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics database. 

New job postings by RTX decreased by 52% year-on-year in 2022 and increased by 22% year-on-year in 2023, while those by Airbus increased by 97% in 2022 and by 222% in 2023. 

Hiring activity was driven by the US with a 53% share of total new job postings since 2021

The largest share of Internet of Things-related new job postings in the aerospace & defence industry since 2021 was in the US with 53%, followed by France (17%) and Germany (9%). The share represented by the US decreased by ten percentage points from 56% in 2022 to 46% in 2023.

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article. 

GlobalData’s Job Analytics database uses machine learning to uncover key insights from tracking daily job postings for thousands of companies globally. Proprietary analysis is used to group jobs into key thematic areas and granular sectors across the world’s largest industries.