IT hiring in global travel & tourism industry rises 30.4% in February 2021
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IT hiring in global travel & tourism industry rises 30.4% in February 2021

15 Mar 2021 (Last Updated March 15th, 2021 17:23)

IT hiring in global travel & tourism industry rises 30.4%  in February 2021

The global travel & tourism industry noticed a 30.4% rise in IT hiring activity in February 2021 over the previous month, led by BCD Travel Services’s 15.51% share, according to GlobalData’s Jobs Analytics database.

The travel & tourism industry’s overall hiring activity increased 17.65% when compared with January 2021.

Noticeably, IT jobs accounted for a 4.48% share of the global travel & tourism industry’s hiring activity in February 2021, up 0.57% over the last three-month average share.

According to GlobalData, IT job opportunities available at the end of February 2021 were 24.36% higher compared with the previous month.

The increase was a result of 53.16% lower job postings as compared to job closures during the month.

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers drive travel & tourism IT hiring activity

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers with a share of 56.47% emerged as the top IT occupation in the travel & tourism hiring activity in February 2021, a 36.4% increase over the previous month. Database and Network Administrators and Architects came in second with a share of 15.88% in February 2021, up 115.25% over the previous month.

The other prominent IT roles include Miscellaneous Computer Occupations with a 12.95% share in February 2021, increase of 78.45% over the previous month, and Computer Support Specialists with a 5.44% share in February 2021 and rise of 27.94% over January 2021.

Top five travel & tourism companies by recruitment activity in February 2021

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average increase of 107.05% share in the overall IT recruitment activity of global travel & tourism industry during February 2021 over January 2021.

BCD Travel Services posted 248 IT jobs in February 2021 and registered a rise of 24700% over the previous month, followed by Expedia Group with 194 jobs and a 25.1% decline. Deutsche Bahn with 179 IT jobs and Uber Technologies with 163 jobs, recorded a 358.97% increase and a 61.39% growth, respectively, while Booking Holdings recorded a 217.5% growth with 127 job postings during February 2021.

Regional composition of IT hiring in travel & tourism industry

North America emerged as the leading region in the global travel & tourism IT hiring activity in February 2021 with a 51.53% share, which marked a 39.42% growth over the previous month.

Europe stood next with 28.71%, registering a 168.42% month-on-month increase. Asia-Pacific was the third leading region with a 16.45% share and a 6.05% rise over January 2021.

In the fourth place was Middle East & Africa with a share of 1.81% and a month-on-month growth of 11.54%. South & Central America stood at the bottom of the table with a share of 1.5%, registering a 7.69% drop over the previous month.


GlobalData’s unique Job analytics enables understanding of hiring trends, strategies, and predictive signals across sectors, themes, companies, and geographies. Intelligent web crawlers capture data from publicly available sources. Key parameters include active, posted and closed jobs, posting duration, experience, seniority level, educational qualifications and skills.