North America extended its dominance for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) hiring among mining industry companies in the three months ending November.

The number of roles in North America made up 43.6% of total ESG jobs – up from 28.3% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Middle East & Africa, which saw a -1.3 year-on-year percentage point change in ESG roles.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData , who track 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 environmental, social, and governance, 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 ESG roles in the mining industry?

The fastest growing country was the US, which saw 20.2% of all ESG job adverts in the three months ending November last year, increasing to 34.6% in the three months ending November this year.

That was followed by Australia (up 6.1 percentage points) and Mexico (up one).

The top country for ESG roles in the mining industry is the US, which saw 34.6% of all roles in the three months ending November.

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

Some 14.4% of all mining industry ESG roles were advertised in Perth, Australia in the three months ending November – more than any other city.

That was followed by Kalgoorlie (Australia) with 14.4%, Peoria (US) with 3%, and Mount Isa (Australia) with 2.3%