The proportion of food manufacturers hiring for industrial automation-related positions remained elevated in February, GlobalData figures show.

Some 60.2% of the companies included in GlobalData’s analysis were recruiting for at least one such position last month, up from 50.5% a year ago, albeit a decrease compared from 64.6% in January.

When it came to the rate of all job openings that were linked to industrial automation, 5.2% of newly-posted ads were linked to the area in February.

This was the highest monthly figure recorded in the past year and is an increase compared to the 4.3% of newly-advertised jobs linked to industrial automation in the equivalent month a year ago.

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By GlobalData

Industrial automation is one of the topics GlobalData has identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years.

GlobalData’s analysis of the data shows food manufacturers are hiring for industrial automation jobs at a rate lower than the average for all companies within the research group’s job analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 6.5% in February.

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.

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