1. Analysis
July 19, 2022

Europe is seeing a hiring boom in retail industry robotics roles

Some parts of the world are investing more heavily in robotics roles than others

By Data Journalism Team

Europe was the fastest growing region for robotics hiring among retail industry companies in the three months ending May.

The number of roles in Europe made up 9.2% of total robotics jobs – up from 8.4% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a 0.6 year-on-year percentage point change in robotics 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.

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 retail industry?

The fastest growing country was India, which saw 2.1% of all robotics job adverts in the three months ending May 2021, increasing to 4.3% in the three months ending May this year.

That was followed by Luxembourg (up 0.7 percentage points), Spain (0.5), and the United Kingdom (0.4).

The top country for robotics roles in the retail industry is the United States which saw 78.5% of all roles advertised in the three months ending May.

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

Some 15% of all retail industry robotics roles were advertised in Seattle (United States) in the three months ending May.

That was followed by Reading (United States) with 12.5%, Westborough (United States) with 8%, and Sunnyvale (United States) with 7.1%.