Hiring activity related to robotics increased by a CAGR of 90% in the oil & gas industry since 2020  

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The global oil & gas industry witnessed a 90% rise in compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in new job postings related to robotics since 2020, according to GlobalData's Job Analytics database. New job postings increased by 77% year-on-year in 2021, and by 104% year-on-year in 2022. 

Notably, computer and mathematical occupations jobs accounted for 20% share of the global oil & gas industry’s robotics-related new job postings since 2020.  

Computer and mathematical occupations drive robotics-related hiring activity 

Computer and mathematical occupations, with a share of 20%, emerged as the top robotics-related job roles within the oil & gas industry since 2020, with new job postings rising by 61% year-on-year in 2021 and by 100% year-on-year in 2022. 

Architecture and engineering occupations came in second with a share of 19%, with new job postings increasing by 73% year-on-year in 2021 and by 225% year-on-year in 2022.  

The other prominent robotics roles include production occupations (14% share), management occupations (12% share), and office and administrative support occupations (7% share). 

The top five companies in the oil & gas industry accounted for 45% of hiring activity 

The top five companies, in terms of the number of new job postings tracked by GlobalData, since 2020 were Sherwin-Williams, BASF, NOV, Corteva, and Oceaneering International. Together they accounted for a combined share of 45% of all robotics-related new jobs in the oil & gas industry. 

Sherwin-Williams posted 533 robotics-related jobs since 2020, followed by BASF with 387 jobs and NOV with 214 jobs, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics database. 

New job postings by Sherwin-Williams increased by 782% year-on-year in 2021 and by 144% year-on-year in 2022, while those by BASF increased by 17% in 2021 and by 339% in 2022. 

Hiring activity was driven by the US with a 55% share of total new job postings since 2020 

The largest share of robotics-related new job postings in the oil & gas industry since 2020 was in the US with 55%, followed by India (7%) and Canada (4%). The share represented by the US increased by three percentage points from 54% in 2021 to 57% in 2022.

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.   

GlobalData’s Job Analytics database uses machine learning to uncover key insights from tracking daily job postings for thousands of companies globally. Proprietary analysis is used to group jobs into key thematic areas and granular sectors across the world’s largest industries.