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January 28, 2022updated 08 Feb 2022 4:23am

North America sees hiring boom in apparel industry ESG roles

North America extended its dominance for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) hiring among apparel industry companies in the three months ending November 2021, according to GlobalData.

By Michael Goodier

The number of apparel industry roles in North America made up 63.1 per cent of total ESG jobs – up from 48.3 per cent in the same quarter in the previous year.

That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a one year-on-year percentage point change in ESG roles.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track the number of new job postings from key companies in various sectors over time. Using textual analysis, these job advertisements are then classified thematically.

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 environmental, social, and governance, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

By tracking them across job advertisements it 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 ESG roles in the apparel industry?

The fastest growing country was the United States, which saw 34.5 per cent of all ESG job adverts in the three months ending November last year, increasing to 56.2 per cent in the three months ending November this year.

That was followed by Germany (up 10.2 percentage points), the United Kingdom (up 5.2), and Singapore (up 2.8).

The top country for ESG roles in the apparel industry is the United States which saw 56.2 per cent of all roles in the three months ending November.

Which cities are the biggest hubs for ESG workers in the apparel industry?

Some 9.7 per cent of all apparel industry ESG roles were advertised in Metzingen (Germany) in the three months ending November 2021 - more than any other city.

That was followed by York (United States) with 9.7 per cent, Singapore (Singapore) with 2.8 per cent, and Toronto (Canada) with 2.7 per cent.

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