The proportion of food manufacturers hiring for jobs linked to big data jumped in April, data suggests.

Some 64.7% of the companies monitored by GlobalData were recruiting for at least one such position last month. This latest figure was higher than the 53.1% of companies who were hiring for big data-related jobs a year ago – and an increase compared to the figure of 62.5% in March 2022.

Looking at all job openings and the proportion of posts linked to big data, some 6.1% of newly-posted job ads were related to the area, compared to 4% in the equivalent month a year ago.

Big data is one of the topics that GlobalData, our parent company and the source of the data for this article, has identified as being a disruptive force facing businesses in the coming years. Companies that excel and invest in these areas now are thought to be better prepared for the future business landscape and better equipped to survive unforeseen challenges.

GlobalData’s analysis of the data shows that food manufacturing companies are currently hiring for digitalisation jobs at a rate lower than the average for all companies within its job analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 8.4% in April 2022.

The group’s job analytics database tracks the daily hiring patterns of thousands of companies across the world, drawing in jobs as they’re posted and tagging them with additional layers of data on everything from the seniority of each position to whether a job is linked to wider industry trends.