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November 21, 2021updated 24 Dec 2021 9:12am

North America is seeing a hiring boom in retail industry robotics roles

By Michael Goodier

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

The number of roles in North America made up 80.6 per cent of total robotics jobs – up from 72.8 per cent in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a 1.9 year-on-year percentage point change in robotics roles.

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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.

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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 roles in the retail industry?

The fastest growing country was the United States, which saw 72 per cent of all robotics job adverts in the three months ending June last year, increasing to 78.2 per cent in the three months ending September this year.

That was followed by China (up 2.3 percentage points), Canada (up 1.6), and Luxembourg (up 0.2).

The top country for robotics roles in the retail industry is the United States which saw 78.2 per cent of all roles in the three months ending September.

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

Some 14.2 per cent of all retail industry robotics roles were advertised in Boston (United States) in the three months ending September - more than any other city.

That was followed by Seattle (United States) with 14.2 per cent, Westborough (United States) with eight per cent, and Sunnyvale (United States) with 7.1 per cent.