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April 29, 2022updated 03 May 2022 9:05am

North America is seeing a hiring boom in mining industry robotics roles

Some parts of the world are investing more heavily in robotics roles than others

By Data Journalism Team

North America extended its dominance for robotics hiring among mining industry companies in the three months ending February.

The number of roles in North America made up 73.9% of total robotics jobs – up from 58% in the same quarter last year. That was followed by Europe, which saw a -0.5 year-on-year percentage point change in robotics roles.

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 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 robotics job ads in the mining industry?

The fastest growing country was the US, which saw 53.9% of all robotics job adverts in the three months ending February 2021, increasing to 65.6% in the three months ending February this year.

That was followed by Australia (up 5.6 percentage points), Mexico (4.9), and India (4.4).

The top country for robotics roles in the mining industry is the US, which saw 65.6% of all roles advertised in the three months ending February.

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

Some 13.9% of all mining industry robotics roles were advertised in Milwaukee (US) in the three months ending February.

That was followed by Allen (US) with 5.7%, Mexico City (Mexico) with 5.7%, and Pittsburgh (US) with 4.8%.

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