Where are packaging companies focusing their cloud hiring efforts? - focus

Companies are increasingly hiring for cloud roles in the packaging sector, but some parts of the world are proving more attractive than others. Michael Goodier investigates.

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Cloud is an area that has seen rapid growth across a variety of industries in recent years – not least among packaging companies.

[Main Body] Figures show that the number of new cloud roles being advertised in packaging has increased in recent months – with firms across the industry looking to expand their capabilities. In the first three months of 2021, the number of newly advertised roles totalled 286. That’s a 28% rise on the 223 roles in Q4 2020 and 21% up on 237 in the third quarter of last year.

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 ads are then classified thematically.

GlobalData's thematic approach to sector activity groups 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 cloud, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

By tracking them across job ads, we're able to see which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels - and, more importantly, where the market is expanding and contracting.

Where are companies hiring for cloud careers in packaging?

Looking across key packaging companies tracked by GlobalData, the US is currently seeing the largest number of cloud job vacancies. In Q1, the country saw 249 ads - up from 187 in Q4 2020 and 214 in Q3 2020.

On a city level, Broomfield had the most newly-advertised cloud roles in the three-month period with 82, followed by Fairborn with 38, and Lafayette with 38.

Where is seeing the most growth for cloud roles in packaging?

The US is also the biggest growth area, which saw 43 job adverts for cloud in Q4 2020 leap to 249 in Q1 2021 - a near-six-fold increase.

In terms of cities, firms are increasing cloud hires in Oegstgeest in The Netherlands - with five roles in the three months to the end of March, from zero in the previous quarter.