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

The number of roles in North America made up 44.4% of total ESG jobs – up from 39.7% in the previous three months.

That was followed by Middle East & Africa, which saw a 3.7 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.

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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 mining?

The fastest growing country was the United States, which saw 30.9% of all ESG job adverts in the three months ending May, increasing to 35.4% in the three months ending August.

That was followed by South Africa (up 2.5 percentage points), Ghana (up 1.2), and Mexico (up 0.5).

The top country for ESG roles in the mining industry is the United States which saw 35.4% of all roles in the three months ending August.

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

Some 13.5% of all mining industry ESG roles were advertised in Perth (Australia) in the three months ending August - more than any other city.

That was followed by Kalgoorlie (Australia) with 13.5%, Peoria (United States) with 2.8%, and Mount Isa (Australia) with 2.2%.