The proportion of food manufacturers hiring for robotics-related positions rose slightly in April year-on-year, according to analysis of industry hiring trends.

Some 22.1% of the companies monitored by GlobalData were recruiting for at least one such position last month, the data and analytics group said.

This latest figure was higher than the 20.4% of the manufacturers that were hiring for robotics-related jobs a year ago but a decrease compared to the figure of 23.7% in March.

When looking at all openings in the food industry, robotics job postings made up 0.5% of newly-posted job advertisements were linked to the topic, versus 0.3% in the equivalent month a year ago.

Robotics 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.

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GlobalData says its analysis suggests food manufacturers are hiring for robotics jobs at a rate lower than the average for all companies within the research group’s jobs analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 0.6% 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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