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Europe was the fastest growing region for machine learning hiring among apparel industry companies in the three months ending May.

The number of roles in Europe made up 29.6% of total machine learning jobs, up from 18.8% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by North America, which saw a -4.1 year-on-year percentage point change in machine learning roles.

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 advertisements are then classified thematically.

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GlobalData's thematic approach to sector activity seeks to group 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 machine learning, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night."

Tracking them across job advertisements allows us to see which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels, and importantly where the market is expanding and contracting.

Which countries are seeing the most growth for machine learning job ads in the apparel industry?

The fastest growing country was France, which saw 10.4% of all machine learning job adverts in the three months ending May 2021, increasing to 16.7% in the three months ending May this year.

That was followed by Belgium (up 3.5 percentage points), Italy (3.5), and Germany (1.9).

The top country for machine learning roles in the apparel industry is the United States which saw 63% of all roles advertised in the three months ending May.

Which cities and locations are the biggest hubs for machine learning workers in the apparel industry?

Some 14.8% of all apparel industry machine learning roles were advertised in San Francisco (United States) in the three months ending May.

That was followed by Paris (France) with 7.4%, Milan (Italy) with 5.6%, and Zaventem (Belgium) with 5.6%.

The proportion of apparel supply chain companies hiring for machine learning-related positions rose last month compared with June last year, with 46.7% of the companies included in our analysis recruiting for at least one such position.