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December 6, 2021updated 08 Dec 2021 11:03am

Asia-Pacific is seeing a hiring boom in ship industry digitalization roles

We analysed geographical shifts in relation to digitalization hiring in the shipping industry using data from GlobalData.

By Emil Filipov

Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing region for digitalization hiring among ship industry companies in the three months ending October.

The number of roles in Asia-Pacific made up 23.7 per cent of total digitalization jobs – up from 11.1 per cent in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Europe, which saw a 6.8 year-on-year percentage point change in digitalization 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 digitalization, 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 digitalization roles in the ship industry?

The fastest growing country was India, which saw 9.5 per cent of all digitalization job adverts in the three months ending July last year, increasing to 20.9 per cent in the three months ending October this year.

That was followed by the United Kingdom (up 5.8 percentage points), France (up 1.6), and Australia (up 1.3).

The top country for digitalization roles in the ship industry is the United States which saw 21.6 per cent of all roles in the three months ending October.

Which cities are the biggest hubs for digitalization workers in the ship industry?

Some 6.3 per cent of all ship industry digitalization roles were advertised in Pune (India) in the three months ending October - more than any other city.

That was followed by Saint-Ouen (France) with 6.3 per cent, Bengaluru (India) with 2.9 per cent, and San Francisco (United States) with 2.4 per cent.

By Michael Goodier

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