The proportion of food manufacturers hiring for data analytics-related positions rose significantly in February compared to a year earlier, analysis by GlobalData suggests.

GlobalData, Just Food’s parent company, said 64.2% of the companies included in its analysis were recruiting for at least one such position, up from the 50.5% of food manufacturers hiring for data analytics jobs a year ago.

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The February figure was down compared to the 67.1% looking for new workers in that field in January 2022.

When it came to the rate of all job ads, 5.2% of newly-posted job advertisements were linked to data analytics in February.

This latest figure was the highest monthly figure recorded in the past year and is an increase compared to the 3.9% 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 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 roles being advertised included a commercial digital data analyst at PepsiCo in the US, a data analytics specialist at Nestlé in India and a data steward at Danone in Poland.

Our analysis of the data shows food manufacturers are 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 6.8% in February 2022.

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.