North America extended its dominance for artificial intelligence (AI) hiring among power industry companies in the three months ending January. The number of roles in North America made up 42.7% of total AI jobs – up from 32.1% in the same quarter in 2020. That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a 5.5 year-on-year percentage point change in AI roles.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, which tracks 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 AI, 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 AI job ads in the power industry?

The fastest growing country was the US, which saw 31.5% of all AI job adverts in the three months ending January 2020, increasing to 41.3% in the three months ending January last year. That was followed by India (up 4.8 percentage points), Canada (up 0.8), and China (up 0.8).

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Which cities are the biggest hubs for AI workers in the power industry?

Some 3.3% of all power industry AI roles were advertised in Miami (US) in the three months ending January – more than any other city.

That was followed by San Francisco (US) with 3.3%, Houston (US) with 2.3%, and Chennai (India) with 2%.