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December 8, 2021updated 08 Jan 2022 5:24am

Asia-Pacific is seeing a hiring boom in mining industry digitalisation roles

Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing region for digitalisation hiring among mining industry companies in the three months ending October.

By Michael Goodier

Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing region for digitalisation hiring among mining industry companies in the three months ending October.

The number of roles in Asia-Pacific made up 29.5% of total digitalisation jobs – up from 27% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by North America, which saw a 0.7 year-on-year percentage point change in digitalisation roles.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track 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 digitalisation, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

By tracking them across job advertisements it 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.

Which countries are seeing the most growth for digitalisation roles in the mining industry?

The fastest growing country was Australia, which saw 6.6% of all digitalisation job adverts in the three months ending July last year, increasing to 9.4% in the three months ending October this year.

That was followed by India (up 2.3 percentage points), China (up 1.8), and Mexico (up 1.1).

The top country for digitalisation roles in the mining industry is the US which saw 47% of all roles in the three months ending October.

Which cities are the biggest hubs for digitalisation workers in the mining industry?

Some 11.9% of all mining industry digitalisation roles were advertised in Peoria (US) in the three months ending October - more than any other city.

That was followed by Chennai (India) with 11.9%, Chicago (US) with 5.4%, and East Peoria (US) with 3.8%.

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