IT hiring in global mining industry drops 11.7% in November 2022

The global mining industry noticed an 11.7% drop in IT hiring activity in November 2022 over the previous month.

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The recent decline in hiring activity was led by Rio Tinto ’s 9.44% share, according to GlobalData’s Jobs Analytics database. The mining industry’s overall hiring activity declined 9.49% when compared with October 2022. 

Noticeably, IT jobs accounted for a 4.17% share of the global mining industry’s hiring activity in November 2022, down 0.16% over the last three-month average share. 

According to GlobalData, IT job opportunities available at the end of November 2022 were 12.41% lower when compared with the previous month. The decrease was a result of 37.7% higher job postings as compared to job closures during the month. 

Database and network administrators and architects, with a share of 34.33%, emerged as the top IT occupation in the mining hiring activity in November 2022, a 34.43% decline over the previous month. Software and web developers, programmers and testers came in second with a share of 29.18% in November 2022, down 38.18% over the previous month. 

The other prominent IT roles include miscellaneous computer occupations, with a 15.88% share in November 2022, a decline of 24.49% over the previous month, and computer and information analysts, with a 12.02% share in November 2022 and a drop of 58.82% over October 2022.

The top five companies, in terms of number of jobs as tracked by GlobalData, accounted for a combined average growth of 94.59% share in the overall IT recruitment activity of global mining industry during November 2022 over October 2022. 

Rio Tinto posted 22 IT jobs in November 2022 and registered a rise of 144.44% over the previous month, followed by Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile with 15 jobs and a 36.36% growth. Equinox Gold, with 14 IT jobs, and Freeport-McMoRan, with 11 jobs, recorded a 133.33% growth and a flat growth, respectively, while TTP recorded a flat growth with 10 job postings during November 2022. 

North America emerged as the leading region in the global mining IT hiring activity in November 2022, with a 37.34% share, which marked a 41.22% drop over the previous month. Europe stood next with 30.9%, registering a 31.43% month-on-month decline. Asia-Pacific was the third leading region with a 20.17% share and a 29.85% drop over October 2022. 

In the fourth place was South and Central America with a share of 9.87% and a month-on-month drop of 8%. Middle East and Africa stood at the bottom of the table with a share of 1.72%, registering an 85.19% decrease over the previous month.