1. Analysis
April 29, 2022

North America 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

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

The number of roles in North America made up 80.9% of total robotics jobs – up from 78.7% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a 1.3 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 the United States, which saw 76.8% of all robotics job adverts in the three months ending February 2021, increasing to 78.5% in the three months ending February this year.

That was followed by Japan (up 1 percentage points), Canada (0.4), and India (0.1).

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 February.

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

Some 14% of all retail industry robotics roles were advertised in Seattle (United States) in the three months ending February.

That was followed by Reading (United States) with 11.7%, Westborough (United States) with 10.6%, and Arlington (United States) with 5.9%.