The proportion of food manufacturers hiring for data analytics-related positions dropped marginally in October, according to GlobalData research.

Some 59.5% of the companies included in the analysis were recruiting for at least one such position, down from 61.3% a year ago and a decrease compared to the figure of 63.2% in September 2021.

When it came to the proportion of all job openings that were linked to data analytics, related job postings rose in October 2021, with 4.8% of newly-posted job ads being linked to the topic.

This latest figure was the highest monthly figure recorded in the past year and is an increase compared to the 3.7% of newly-advertised jobs that were linked to data analytics in the equivalent month a year ago.

Data analytics is one of the topics that GlobalData has 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 unforseen challenges.

Our analysis of the data shows food manufacturers are currently hiring for data analytics jobs at a rate lower than the average for all companies within GlobalData's job analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 5.9% in October 2021.

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.