North America extended its dominance for internet of things (IoT) hiring among mining industry companies in the three months ending May.

The number of roles in North America made up 50.8% of total IoT jobs – up from 42.1% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by South & Central America, which saw a 0.1 year-on-year percentage point change in IoT roles.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, which tracks 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 IoT, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

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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 IoT job ads in the mining industry?

The fastest growing country was Canada, which saw 2.6% of all IoT job adverts in the three months ending May 2021, increasing to 21.1% in the three months ending May this year.

That was followed by Japan (up 1.3 percentage points), India (0.6), and Brazil (0.1).

The top country for IoT roles in the mining industry is the US, which saw 29.1% of all roles advertised in the three months ending May.

Which cities and locations are the biggest hubs for IoT workers in the mining industry?

Some 17.4% of all mining industry IoT roles were advertised in Vancouver (Canada) in the three months ending May.

That was followed by Atlanta (US) with 4.3%, Komatsu (Japan) with 4%, and Belo Horizonte (Brazil) with 4%.