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April 29, 2022updated 06 May 2022 9:17am

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

Some parts of the world are investing more heavily in robotics roles than others

By Data Journalism Team

North America extended its dominance for robotics hiring among ship industry companies in the three months ending February.

The number of roles in North America made up 43.1% of total robotics jobs – up from 36.1% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a -1.1 year-on-year percentage point change in robotics 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 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 job ads in the ship industry?

The fastest growing country was the Netherlands, which saw 2.3% of all robotics job adverts in the three months ending February 2021, increasing to 9.3% in the three months ending February this year.

That was followed by the United States (up 7 percentage points), the United Kingdom (2.5), and Sweden (2.1).

The top country for robotics roles in the ship industry is the United States which saw 43.1% of all roles advertised in the three months ending February.

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

Some 13.5% of all ship industry robotics roles were advertised in Lebanon (United States) in the three months ending February.

That was followed by Charleroi (Belgium) with 10.7%, Warsaw (Poland) with 3.2%, and Fond du Lac (United States) with 3.2%.

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