Big data is an area that has seen rapid growth across a variety of industries in recent years – not least in among food manufacturing companies.

Figures show the number of new big data roles being advertised by these companies has increased in recent months.

The number of newly-advertised roles stood at 155 in the first quarter of 2021, up from 117 in the final three months of last year and up from 61 in the third quarter of 2020.

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.

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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 big data, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

Tracking them across job advertisements allows us 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.

Where are companies hiring for big data careers in food?

Looking across key food manufacturing and supply companies tracked by GlobalData, France is currently seeing the largest number of big data job ads. Last quarter, the country saw 46 advertisements - down from 47 in the fourth quarter 2020 but up from 17 in the third quarter.

On a city level, Suresnes in France had the most newly-advertised big data roles in the opening three months of the year with 21, followed by Minneapolis with eight, and Beijing with five.

Where is seeing the most growth for big data roles in food?

The biggest growth area has been in France and, in terms of cities, firms are increasing big data hires in Barcelona.