North America extended its dominance for industrial automation hiring among power industry companies in the three months ending January. The number of roles in North America made up 57.3% of total industrial automation jobs – up from 45.9% in the same quarter last year. That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a -1.9 year-on-year percentage point change in industrial automation 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 industrial automation, 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 industrial automation job ads in the power industry?

The fastest growing country was the US, which saw 41.6% of all industrial automation job adverts in the three months ending January 2021, increasing to 52.2% in the three months ending January this year. That was followed by Mexico (up 1.2 percentage points), India (0.80), and Australia (0.2).

The top country for industrial automation roles in the power industry is the US, which saw 52.2% of all roles advertised in the three months ending January.

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

Some 2.2% of all power industry industrial automation roles were advertised in Shanghai (China) in the three months ending January. That was followed by Miami (US) with 2.2%, Pune (India) with 1.6%, and Bengaluru (India) with 1.5%.