The proportion of food manufacturers hiring for connectivity-related positions dropped in April, according to fresh analysis of job trends in the sector.

Some 21.7% of the companies monitored by GlobalData were recruiting for at least one such role during the month, the UK-based data and analytics group said.

That was lower than the 22.8% of food manufacturers hiring for connectivity-related jobs a year ago. It was also a decrease compared to the figure of 26.1% in March.

When it came to the rate of all job openings at the food manufacturers under review, connectivity-related job postings rose in April, with 0.5% of newly-posted job ads being linked to the topic.

This latest figure was the highest monthly figure recorded in the past year and is an increase compared to the 0.3% of newly-advertised jobs that were linked to the area in the equivalent month a year ago.

Connectivity is one of the topics that GlobalData, Just Food’s parent company, has identified as being a disruptive force facing business 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 says its analysis of the figures shows food manufacturers are hiring for connectivity jobs at a rate lower than the average for all companies within the group’s job analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 1.4% in April 2022.

GlobalData’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.

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