Hiring activity related to robotics increased by a CAGR of 32% in the pharmaceutical industry since 2020

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The global pharmaceutical industry witnessed a 32% 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 59% year-on-year in 2021 and by 10% year-on-year in 2022.

Notably, computer and mathematical occupations jobs accounted for 20% share of the global pharmaceutical 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 pharmaceutical industry since 2020, with new job postings rising by 100% year-on-year in 2021 and by 10% year-on-year in 2022.

Architecture and engineering occupations came in second with a share of 18%, with new job postings rising by 187% year-on-year in 2021 and falling by 42% year-on-year in 2022.

The other prominent robotics roles include healthcare practitioners and technical occupations with a 15% share, management occupations with a 15% share and life, physical, and social science occupations with a 13% share.  

The top five companies in the pharmaceutical industry accounted for 57% of hiring activity

The top five companies, in terms of the number of new job postings tracked by GlobalData, since 2020 were Johnson & Johnson, Banner Health, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Mercy Health, and Novo Nordisk. Together they accounted for a combined share of 57% of all robotics-related new jobs in the pharmaceutical industry.

Johnson & Johnson posted 2,513 robotics-related jobs since 2020, followed by Banner Health with 645 jobs, and Takeda Pharmaceutical with 633 jobs, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics database.

New job postings by Johnson & Johnson increased by 136% year-on-year in 2021 and decreased by 9% year-on-year in 2022, while those by Banner Health increased by 83% in 2021 and by 25% in 2022. 

Hiring activity was driven by the US with a 71% share of total new job postings since 2020

The largest share of robotics-related new job postings in the pharmaceutical industry since 2020 was in the US with 71%, followed by Poland (4%) and Ireland (3%). The share represented by the US decreased by nine percentage points from 74% in 2021 to 65% 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.