North America is the hot market in hiring for positions related to industrial automation in the packaged food industry, according to the latest analysis from GlobalData.

In the three months ending January, the number of advertised roles in North America made up 65.8% of total industrial automation jobs – up from 61.4% in the same period last year.

That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a three percentage point change in industrial automation roles open year-on-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 then classified thematically.

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The 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.

GlobalData says its research indicates 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 industrial automation job ads in the food industry?

The fastest-growing country was the US, which accounted for 62.2% of adverts in the three months ending January this year, against 58.3% in the three months ending January 2021.

That was followed by India (up three percentage points), Germany (up one point), and the UK (up 0.9 of a point).

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

Some 3.6% of all food industry industrial automation roles were advertised in Charlotte in the US in the three months ending January.

The Indian city of Bengaluru also accounted for 3.6% of ads, followed by Indianapolis in the US with 2.1% and Chicago with 1.9%.