Up and up: North America is seeing a hiring boom in mining industry robotics roles 

North America extended its dominance for robotics hiring among mining industry companies in the three months ending May. 

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The number of roles in North America made up 75.2% of total robotics jobs – up from 48.4% in the same quarter last year. That was followed by Europe, which saw a -12.4 year-on-year percentage point change in robotics 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 robotics, 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 robotics job ads in the mining industry? 

The fastest growing country was the US, which saw 43.3% of all robotics job adverts in the three months ending May 2021, increasing to 69.4% in the three months ending May this year. That was followed by Australia (up 2.5 percentage points), Canada (0.8), and the UK (0.2).

The top country for robotics roles in the mining industry is the US, which saw 69.4% of all roles advertised in the three months ending May.

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

Some 19.2% of all mining industry robotics roles were advertised in Milwaukee (US) in the three months ending May. 

That was followed by Pittsburgh (US) with 5.5%, Lafayette (US) with 4.6%, and Phoenix (US) with 2.6%.