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.

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.