Where are food manufacturing and supply companies focusing their big data hiring efforts?

By Michael Goodier

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Companies are increasingly hiring for big data roles in the food sector, but some parts of the world are proving more attractive than others.

Big data is an area that has seen rapid growth across a variety of industries in recent years – not least among food manufacturing and supply companies.

Figures show that the number of new big data roles being advertised for these companies has increased in recent months – with firms across the industry looking to expand their capabilities.

The number of newly advertised roles stood at 155 in Q1 2021. That’s up from 117 in Q4 2020 and up from 61 in Q3 2020.

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 advertisments 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 big data, 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.

Where are companies hiring for big data careers in food?

Looking across key food manufacturing and supply companies tracked by GlobalData, France is currently seeing the largest number of big data job advertisements. Last quarter the country saw 46 advertisements – down from 47 in Q4 2020 but up from 17 in Q3 2020.

On a city level, Suresnes (France) had the most newly advertised big data roles in Q1 2021 with 21, followed by Minneapolis (US) with eight, and Beijing (China) with five.

Where is seeing the most growth for big data roles in food?

The biggest growth area has been in France, which saw three job adverts for big data in Q4 2020, increasing to 46 in Q1 2021.

In terms of cities, firms are increasing big data hires in Barcelona – with five roles in the latest quarter – up from zero in the previous one.

For the latest food sector analysis, visit GlobalData's Consumer Intelligence Centre.