North America extended its dominance for big-data hiring among food industry companies in the three months ending April.

The number of roles on offer in North America made up 53.3% of total big data jobs – up from 44.7% in the same quarter last year.

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

By tracking the topics across job ads, GlobalData says it can weigh up 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 big data job ads in the food industry?

The fastest-growing country was the US, which accounted for 48.4% of the adverts posted in the three months ending April this year, up nine points on a year earlier.

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That was followed by the United Kingdom (up 1.2 percentage points), France (0.5 points higher), and Canada (up 0.2 points).

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

Some 4% of all food industry big data roles were advertised in Plano in the US in the three months ending April.

That was followed by Chicago with 2.5%, Hyderabad in India with 2.4%, and Plaisir in France with 1.6%.