The global mining industry noticed a 21.5% rise in IT hiring activity in February 2021 over the previous month, led by Anglo American’s 23.79% share, according to GlobalData’s Jobs Analytics database.

The mining industry’s overall hiring activity increased 12% when compared with January 2021.

Noticeably, IT jobs accounted for a 3.09% share of the global mining industry’s hiring activity in February 2021, up 0.1% over the last three-month average share.

According to GlobalData, IT job opportunities available at the end of February 2021 were 2.52% higher compared with the previous month.

The increase was a result of 3.33% 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 33.47% emerged as the top IT occupation in the mining hiring activity in February 2021, a 36.07% increase over the previous month. Miscellaneous Computer Occupations came in second with a share of 18.95% in February 2021, up 51.61% over the previous month.

The other prominent IT roles include Database and Network Administrators and Architects with a 16.53% share in February 2021, increase of 5.13% over the previous month, and Computer and Information Analysts with a 12.9% share in February 2021 and rise of 18.52% over January 2021.

Top five mining companies by recruitment activity in February 2021

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average increase of 49.4% share in the overall IT recruitment activity of global mining industry during February 2021 over January 2021.

Anglo American posted 59 IT jobs in February 2021 and registered a rise of 63.89% over the previous month, followed by ThyssenKrupp with 30 jobs and a 9.09% decline. RTI International Metals with 13 IT jobs and Rio Tinto with 12 jobs, recorded a 160% increase and a 33.33% growth, respectively, while BHP recorded a flat growth with 10 job postings during February 2021.

Regional composition of IT hiring in mining industry

North America emerged as the leading region in the global mining IT hiring activity in February 2021 with a 35.08% share, which marked a 27.94% growth over the previous month.

Europe stood next with 28.23%, registering a 2.78% month-on-month decline. Asia-Pacific was the third leading region with a 27.42% share and an 119.35% rise over January 2021.

In the fourth place was Middle East & Africa with a share of 4.84% and a month-on-month drop of 20%. South & Central America stood at the bottom of the table with a share of 4.44%, registering an 8.33% drop over the previous month.