The proportion of drinks manufacturers hiring for AI-related positions dropped in May year-on-year, according to analysis of job trends in the industry.

Some 50% of the companies monitored by GlobalData were recruiting for at least one such position last month. That is lower than the 82.8% of manufacturers hiring in the field a year ago.

This latest figure was slightly lower than the 51.7% of companies who were hiring for AI-related jobs a year ago but an increase compared to the figure of 38.9% in April 2022.

When it came to the rate of all job openings, 2.3% were postings linked to AI in May. This latest figure was the highest monthly figure recorded in the past year and is an increase compared to the 1.2% of newly advertised jobs that were linked to AI in the equivalent month a year ago.

AI is one of the topics GlobalData, Just Drinks’ parent company, has identified as being a disruptive force facing business 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.

GlobalData says its analysis suggests food manufacturers are hiring for AI jobs at a rate lower than the average for all companies within the research group’s jobs analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 3.1% in May.

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.