Hiring activity related to robotics increased by a CAGR of 35% in the apparel industry since 2020

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The global apparel industry witnessed a 35% 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 22% year-on-year in 2021 and by 7% year-on-year in 2022.

Notably, computer and mathematical occupations jobs accounted for 36% share of the global apparel 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 36%, emerged as the top robotics-related job roles within the apparel industry since 2020, with new job postings rising by 63% year-on-year in 2021 and falling by 2% year-on-year in 2022.

Management occupations came in second with a share of 23%, with new job postings rising by 97% year-on-year in 2021 and by 1% year-on-year in 2022.

The other prominent robotics roles include architecture and engineering occupations (16% share) and installation, maintenance and repair occupations (6% share).  

The top five companies in the apparel industry accounted for 93% of hiring activity

The top five companies, in terms of the number of new job postings tracked by GlobalData, since 2020 were, Target,, Walmart, and Walt Disney. Together they accounted for a combined share of 93% of all robotics-related new jobs in the apparel industry. posted 11,171 robotics-related jobs since 2020, followed by Target with 1,277 jobs, and with 549 jobs, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics database.

New job postings by increased by 63% year-on-year in 2021 and by 5% year-on-year in 2022, while those by Target increased by 112% in 2021 and by 21% in 2022.

Hiring activity was driven by the US with a 74% share of total new job postings since 2020

The largest share of robotics-related new job postings in the apparel industry since 2020 was in the US with 74%, followed by India (5%) and Germany (4%). The share represented by the US decreased by five percentage points from 77% in 2021 to 72% 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.