Defence industry AI hiring levels drop in August 2021

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The proportion of military equipment and technologies companies hiring for artificial intelligence related positions dropped in August 2021, with 47.4% of the companies included in our analysis recruiting for at least one such position. Patrick Scott investigates.

// Fewer defence companies advertised AI jobs in August. Credit: Blue Planet Studio / Shutterstock 

This latest figure was lower than the 50% of companies who were hiring for artificial intelligence-related jobs in July 2021 and an increase compared to the figure of 32.6% for the equivalent month last year.

When it came to the proportion of all job openings that were linked to artificial intelligence, related job postings rose in August 2021, with 1.7% of newly posted job advertisements being linked to the topic.

This latest figure was the same as the 1.7% of newly advertised jobs that were linked to artificial intelligence in the equivalent month a year ago.

Artificial intelligence is one of the topics that GlobalData, from whom our data for this article is taken, have identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years. Companies that excel and invest in these areas now are thought to be better prepared for the future business landscape and better equipped to survive unforeseen challenges.

Where are companies hiring for cloud careers in aerospace and defence?

Our analysis of the data shows that military equipment and technologies companies are currently hiring for artificial intelligence jobs at a rate higher than the average for all companies within GlobalData's job analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 1.6% in August 2021.

GlobalData's job analytics database tracks the daily hiring patterns of thousands of companies across the world, drawing in jobs as they're posted and tagging them with additional layers of data on everything from the seniority of each position to whether a job is linked to wider industry trends.

You can keep track of the latest data from this database as it emerges by visiting our live dashboard here.