The global mining industry noticed a 12.8% rise in IT hiring activity in April 2021 over the previous month, led by Rio Tinto’s 14.89% share, according to GlobalData’s Jobs Analytics database.

The mining industry’s overall hiring activity declined 1.62% when compared with March 2021.

Noticeably, IT jobs accounted for a 3.38% share of the global mining industry’s hiring activity in April 2021, up 0.28% over the last three-month average share.

According to GlobalData, IT job opportunities available at the end of April 2021 were 8.84% higher compared with the previous month.

The increase was a result of 11.95% lower job postings as compared to job closures during the month.

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

Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers with a share of 41.57% emerged as the top IT occupation in the mining hiring activity in April 2021, a 14.73% an increase over the previous month. Miscellaneous Computer Occupations came in second with a share of 23.88% in April 2021, up 165.63% over the previous month.

The other prominent IT roles include Database and Network Administrators and Architects with a 15.45% share in April 2021, decline of 15.38% over the previous month, and Computer Support Specialists with an 8.71% share in April 2021 and drop of 22.5% over March 2021.

Top five mining companies by recruitment activity in April 2021

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average an increase of 50.86% share in the overall IT recruitment activity of global mining industry during April 2021 over March 2021.

Rio Tinto posted 53 IT jobs in April 2021 and registered a rise of 253.33% over the previous month, followed by Polyus with 37 jobs and a 19.35% rise. Anglo American with 37 IT jobs and ThyssenKrupp with 25 jobs, recorded a 32.14% an increase and a 26.47% drop, respectively, while En++ Group recorded an 187.5% growth with 23 job postings during April 2021.

Regional composition of IT hiring in mining industry

Asia-Pacific emerged as the leading region in the global mining IT hiring activity in April 2021 with a 35.39% share, which marked a 55.56% growth over the previous month.

North America stood next with 31.74%, registering a 2.73% month-on-month an increase.Europe was the third leading region with a 20.51% share and a 14.06% rise over March 2021.

In the fourth place was South & Central America with a share of 10.11% and a month-on-month growth of 38.46%. Middle East & Africa stood at the bottom of the table with a share of 2.25%, registering a 63.64% drop over the previous month.