Europe was the fastest-growing region for the hiring for robotics roles among food manufacturers in the three months ending February, data shows.

The number of roles in Europe made up 30.5% of total robotics jobs, up from 7% in the same quarter last year, analysis by GlobalData suggests.

GlobalData tracks the number of new job postings from key companies in various sectors over time. Using textual analysis, these job advertisements are then classified thematically. The data and analytics group, Just Food’s parent company, seeks to group key company information by topic to see which companies are best placed to weather the disruptions coming to their industries.

By tracking the themes across job advertisements, GlobalData says it can see which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels – and importantly where the market is expanding and contracting.

Which countries are seeing the most growth for robotics job ads in the food industry?

The fastest-growing country for the hiring of robotics jobs was France, which accounted for 20.1% of the positions open in the three months ending February this year.

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That was followed by Spain (up 6.6 percentage points) and both Canada and Poland (each 1.4 points higher).

Overall, the top country for robotics roles in the food industry is the US, which made up 58.8% of all the positions advertised in the three months ending February.

Which cities are the biggest hubs for robotics workers in the food industry?

Some 6.3% of all food industry robotics roles were advertised in Madrid. That was followed by three cities in the US – Richmond (5.8%,) Lafayette (4.9%) and Charlotte (4.4%).

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