Hiring activity related to robotics increased by a CAGR of 16% in the mining industry since 2020

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The global mining industry witnessed a 16% rise in compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in new job postings related to robotics since 2020, according to GlobalData's Job Analytics database. New job postings increased by 35% year-on-year in 2021, and by less than 1% year-on-year in 2022.

Notably, computer and mathematical occupations jobs accounted for 30% share of the global mining industry’s robotics-related new job postings since 2020.

Computer and mathematical occupations drive robotics-related hiring activity

Computer and mathematical occupations, with a share of 30%, emerged as the top robotics-related job roles within the mining industry since 2020, with new job postings rising by 72% year-on-year in 2021 and by 4% year-on-year in 2022.

Architecture and engineering occupations came in second with a share of 28%, with new job postings increasing by 17% year-on-year in 2021 and by 55% year-on-year in 2022.

The other prominent robotics roles include management occupations (13% share), production occupations (7% share) and installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5% share).

The top five companies in the mining industry accounted for 70% of hiring activity

The top five companies, in terms of the number of new job postings tracked by GlobalData, since 2020 were ABB, Komatsu, Caterpillar, Hindalco Industries, and Anglo American. Together they accounted for a combined share of 70% of all robotics-related new jobs in the mining industry.

ABB posted 3,905 robotics-related jobs since 2020, followed by Komatsu with 873 jobs, and Caterpillar with 774 jobs, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics database.

New job postings by ABB decreased by 20% year-on-year in 2021 and by 29% year-on-year in 2022, while those by Komatsu increased by 13% in 2021 and decreased by 17% in 2022.

Hiring activity was driven by the US with a 45% share of total new job postings since 2020

The largest share of robotics-related new job postings in the mining industry since 2020 was in the US with 45%, followed by China (9%) and Australia (6%). The share represented by the US increased by 14 percentage points from 37% in 2021 to 51% 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.