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November 24, 2021updated 24 Dec 2021 6:55am

Europe is seeing a hiring boom in packaging industry robotics roles

By Michael Goodier

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

The number of roles in Europe made up 6.5 per cent of total robotics jobs – up from zero per cent in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by North America, which saw a minus two 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.

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 packaging industry?

The fastest growing country was the Netherlands, which saw zero per cent of all robotics job adverts in the three months ending June last year, increasing to 3.2 per cent in the three months ending September this year.

That was followed by the United Kingdom (up 1.6 percentage points), Canada (up 1.6), and Poland (up 1.6).

The top country for robotics roles in the packaging industry is the United States which saw 88.7 per cent of all roles in the three months ending September.

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

Some 17.7 per cent of all packaging industry robotics roles were advertised in Westminster (United States) in the three months ending September - more than any other city.

That was followed by Boulder (United States) with 17.7 per cent, Windsor (United States) with 9.7 per cent, and Evansville (United States) with 4.8 per cent.

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