Europe was the fastest-growing region for robotics hiring among food manufactureres in the three months ending December.

The number of roles in Europe made up 28.2% of total robotics jobs – up from 7.2% in the same quarter in 2020.

That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a 2.2 year-on-year percentage point decrease in robotics roles.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, which tracks the number of new job postings from key companies in various sectors over time. Using textual analysis, these job advertisements are then classified thematically.

GlobalData's thematic approach to sector activity seeks to group key company information by topic to see which companies are best placed to weather the disruptions coming to their industries.

By tracking the themes across job advertisements, it allows GlobalData to see 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 robotics job ads in the food industry?

The fastest-growing country was France, which reported 22.1% in job ads in the three months ending December.

That was followed by Spain (up 0.6 percentage points), Poland (up 0.4), and Canada (up -0.4).

The top country for robotics roles in the food industry is the United States, which still accciunted for 60.5% of all roles advertised in the three months ending December.

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

Some 9.9 per cent of all food industry robotics roles were advertised in the US city of Charlotte in the three months ending December - more than any other city.

That was followed by Jeffersonville (also in the US) with 9.9%, Lafayette (again in the US) with 3.4%, and fellow US city Richmond with 2.7%.