The proportion of food manufacturers hiring for jobs linked to robotics climbed to its highest level for more than 12 months, according to analysis from GlobalData.

A third of the companies included in GlobalData’s analysis recruited for at least one such position in January, compared to 23.5% a year ago. In December, the figure stood at 25.3%.

Some 0.6% of all newly-posted job advertisements were linked to robotics in January, versus 0.4% of newly-advertised posts a year ago.

Robotics is one of the topics that GlobalData has identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies. Businesses 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’s analysis shows food manufacturers are hiring for robotics jobs at a rate equal to the average for all companies within the researcher’s job analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 0.6% in January.

The 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.

Robotics-related positions listed in the database for January included, for example, an automation analyst at Nestlé in Paraguay, a site engineering manager for Campbell Soup Co. in the US and a series of jobs at US meat group Johnsonville Sausage.

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