Hiring activity related to ESG increased by a CAGR of 124% in the mining industry since 2020

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The global mining industry witnessed a 124% rise in compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in new job postings related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) affairs since 2020, according to GlobalData's Job Analytics database. New job postings increased by 284% year-on-year in 2021, and by 31% year-on-year in 2022.  

Notably, architecture and engineering and management occupations jobs each accounted for 17% share of the global mining industry’s ESG-related new job postings since 2020.

Architecture and engineering, and management occupations drive ESG-related hiring activity

Architecture and engineering, and management occupations, with a share of 17% each, emerged as the top ESG-related job roles within the mining industry since 2020. New job postings in architecture and engineering occupations rose by 331% year-on-year in 2021 and by 27% year-on-year in 2022. New job postings in management occupations  increased by 130% in 2021 and by 34% in 2022.  

Production occupations came in second with a share of 10%, with new job postings rising by 507% year-on-year in 2021 and rising by 47% year-on-year in 2022.  

The other prominent ESG roles include installation, maintenance, and repair occupations and computer and mathematical occupations with 9% share each.

The top five companies in the mining industry accounted for 41% of hiring activity

The top five companies, in terms of the number of new job postings tracked by GlobalData, since 2020 were Eaton, ABB, Komatsu, Cummins and Caterpillar. Together they accounted for a combined share of 41% of all ESG-related new jobs in the mining industry.  

Eaton posted 20,272 ESG-related jobs since 2020, followed by ABB with 10,247 jobs and Komatsu with 10,056 jobs, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics database.  

New job postings by Eaton increased by 961% year-on-year in 2021 and rose by 21% year-on-year in 2022, while those by ABB increased by less than 1% in 2021 and by 61% in 2022.

Hiring activity was driven by the US with a 47% share of total new job postings since 2020

The largest share of ESG-related new job postings in the mining industry since 2020 was in the US with 47%, followed by Australia (12%) and Canada (9%). The share represented by the US increased by five percentage points from 42% in 2021 to 47% in 2022.

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article. 

GlobalData’s Job Analytics database uses machine learning to uncover key insights from tracking daily job postings for thousands of companies globally. Proprietary analysis is used to group jobs into key thematic areas and granular sectors across the world’s largest industries.