The global mining industry noticed a 1.5% rise in IT hiring activity in July 2021 over the previous month, led by Gold Fields’s 10.86% share, according to GlobalData’s Jobs Analytics database.

The mining industry’s overall hiring activity declined 4.72% when compared with June 2021.

Noticeably, IT jobs accounted for a 3.72% share of the global mining industry’s hiring activity in July 2021, up 0.37% over the last three-month average share.

According to GlobalData, IT job opportunities available at the end of July 2021 were 2.26% higher compared with the previous month.

The increase was a result of 3.55% lower job postings as compared to job closures during the month.

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers drive mining IT hiring activity

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers with a share of 44% emerged as the top IT occupation in the mining hiring activity in July 2021, a 1.91% decline over the previous month. Computer Support Specialists came in second with a share of 16.29% in July 2021, up 9.62% over the previous month.

The other prominent IT roles include Database and Network Administrators and Architects with a 14.29% share in July 2021, decline of 23.08% over the previous month, and Miscellaneous Computer Occupations with a 12.29% share in July 2021 and drop of 6.52% over June 2021.

Top five mining companies by recruitment activity in July 2021

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average an increase of 13.49% share in the overall IT recruitment activity of global mining industry during July 2021 over June 2021.

Gold Fields posted 38 IT jobs in July 2021 and registered a rise of 22.58% over the previous month, followed by Rio Tinto with 32 jobs and a 45.45% rise. Polyus with 31 IT jobs and Glencore with 26 jobs, recorded an 11.43% decline and an 18.75% drop, respectively, while RTI International Metals recorded a 166.67% growth with 16 job postings during July 2021.

Regional composition of IT hiring in mining industry

Asia-Pacific emerged as the leading region in the global mining IT hiring activity in July 2021 with a 40% share, which marked a 2.94% growth over the previous month.

North America stood next with 34.86%, registering a 7.96% month-on-month increase. Europe was the third leading region with a 12% share and a 57.58% decline over June 2021.

In the fourth place was South & Central America with a share of 9.71% and a month-on-month growth of 161.54%. Middle East & Africa stood at the bottom of the table with a share of 3.43%, registering a 9.09% increase over the previous month.