What geographic trends can be seen in food industry hiring for robotics roles?
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What geographic trends can be seen in food industry hiring for robotics roles?

By Michael Goodier 22 Nov 2021 (Last Updated November 22nd, 2021 13:50)

A study of trends into the hiring for robotics jobs in the sector shows Europe is seeing increased activity.

Europe was the fastest-growing region when measuring the hiring for robotics jobs by food companies in the three months ending September, GlobalData research suggests.

The number of roles in Europe made up 36.9% of total robotics jobs – up from 16.2% in the same quarter last year.

According to GlobalData analysis, South & Central America was the only other region that grew its share in hiring in the field, seeing a 1.7 year-on-year percentage point increase.

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.

These key themes, which include robotics, are chosen to cover “any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night”.

By tracking them across job ads, 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 roles in the food industry?

The fastest-growing country was France, which accounted for 12% of all robotics job adverts in the three months ending June last year – increasing to 31.5% in the three months to the end of September

That was followed by the UK (up 2.3 percentage points), Brazil (up 1.7), and Mexico (up 0.3).

The top country for robotics roles in the food industry is the United States, where 52.3% of all roles in the three months ending September were located.

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

Some 2.9% of all food industry robotics roles were advertised in the US city of Charlotte in the three months ending September – more than any other city.

That was followed by three other American cities – Beloit (2.9%) Lakeland (also 2.9%), and Union City (2.5%).