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May 19, 2022

Food industry sees challenge in filling ‘future of work’ roles

We’ve analysed the length of time job ads were live online across the market using GlobalData figures.

By Data Journalism Team

Jobs linked to the concept of the ‘future of work’ took the longest to fill across tech roles in the food industry in the first quarter, data shows.

During the opening three months of the year, adverts for the positions were online for an average of 20 days before being taken offline, according to Just Food’s analysis of millions of online job ads.

That meant they took eight days longer to fill than an average job at the same companies.

However, the figure for the first quarter was a decrease compared to the equivalent figure a year earlier, suggesting the required skillset for these roles has become easier to find in the past year.

The ‘future of work’ 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.

Examples of the types of jobs on offer – and which GlobalData classifies as ‘future of work’ roles – included a business systems analyst for Nestlé in Mexico; a data engineer for Unilever in Turkey; and a data architecture manager for PepsiCo in the US.

The data suggested food manufacturers found it easier to recruit for jobs linked to the ‘future of work’ compared to the wider market, with ads online for 37.5% less time on average compared to similar jobs across the entire jobs market.

At the other end of the scale batteries related positions were the quickest to fill in the food industry in Q1 2022 with positions closing during that period having been online for an average of seven days.

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.

Further analysis on job trends in the food industry:

Big data hiring levels in food industry on rise

Cybersecurity hiring levels in food industry remain in growth – data

North America is seeing hiring boom for roles in food industry automation

The latest geographic trends in food-industry digital-media jobs

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