The proportion of manufacturers in the food industry hiring for industrial automation-related positions dropped in August, data shows.

Some 54.8% of the companies included in GlobalData’s analysis recruited for at least one such position last month. This latest figure was lower than the 60.9% of companies who were hiring for industrial automation-related jobs a year ago but an increase compared to the figure of 53.8% in July 2022.

When it came to the rate of all job openings that were linked to industrial automation, related job postings rose in August 2022 from July 2022, with 6.6% of newly posted job advertisements being linked to the topic.

This latest figure was an increase compared to the 5% of newly advertised jobs that were linked to industrial automation in the equivalent month a year ago.

Industrial automation is one of the topics that GlobalData, from whom our data for this article is taken, have identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies 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.

The analysis of the data shows that food manufacturing companies are hiring for industrial automation jobs at a rate higher than the average for all companies within GlobalData's job analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 5.6% in August 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.