12 Sep

Automation and the future

The labor market began to undergo major changes, and very many people were left without a job due to automation, and the trend has only just begun.

One study tried to find out how high the risk of automating a large number of jobs is, based on the opinion of those who perform them. The findings are worrisome, given that more than half of workers believe they could be replaced by a robot. In the most optimistic case, some believe their jobs will be significantly changed or completely gone in the next decade.

The survey was conducted by PwC (Price Waterhouse Cooper)and reveals a number of other interesting data. For example, many employees believe that employers should help them in one form or another to acquire digital skills, in order to prepare for the future.

Pointedly, 61% of those surveyed believe that the impact of technology on their daily work is positive, and 77% are willing to learn new skills in order to prepare for other professions. The most optimistic about future changes are young people. 69% of young people between 18 and 34 are optimistic about the impact of technology on jobs, compared with 59% of people between 35 and 54 and 50% of those over 55.

PwC has embarked on an ambitious digital refresher initiative in Central and Eastern Europe, not only for PwC professionals but also for customers and to promote this important issue at regional level,” said Nick Kós, CEO of PwC Central and Eastern Europe.

To reach these conclusions, the survey was conducted on about 22,000 adults from 11 countries. The list includes Australia, China, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the US. This analysis is a continuation of another study by PWC that shows that 30% of current jobs are at risk of automation by the mid-2030s. At the same time, PwC Global CEO survey 2019 shows that skills availability is a major concern for 79% of CEOs.

The transformation of the economy and the labor market due to technology will affect both employees and employers. For this reason, companies and authorities must show openness, adapt to changes and, of course.

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