Robots against workers
One in seven jobs is at risk from automation, according to the OECD – that’s up sharply from the 9% estimated by the organisation in 2016. Plus one-third of global jobs are set to be transformed, with significant worker retraining required.
As you’d expect there’s a large degree of geographical variance here.
A huge one-third of all jobs in Slovakia are highly automatable, while this is true of a mere 6% in Norway. Jobs in Anglo-Saxon, Nordic countries and the Netherlands are less automatable than jobs in Eastern European countries, South European countries, Germany, Chile and Japan, the OECD says.
And there are sectoral differences, of course.
A 2017 analysis conducted by the World Economic Forum found that up to half of the world’s retail jobs could be at risk once automating technologies are fully rolled out.
Over the next 10 years, eight transformational technologies – the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles/drones, robotics, artificial intelligence/machine learning, augmented reality/virtual reality, digital traceability, 3D printing and blockchain – will come of age and create ‘an unprecedented level of disruption, the WEF warned.
“In particular, IoT, AVs, drones, robotics and AI are predicted to be most transformational for retail and CPG industries due to their widespread applications, ability to drive efficiencies and impact on labour,” says the WEF.