The robots are coming for your jobs

The robots are coming for your jobs

Date Published: September 11, 2020

As we quickly move into a world of artificial intelligence, there is a big concern for the future of jobs. There is a great need for us to equip ourselves with the skills and knowledge to stay ahead of “the robots”.

Are robots competing for your job?

Will robots remove jobs?

Yes, robots are definitely coming for our jobs, no one is safe. All job industries have the potential of being automated. In some jobs, such as retail, people have already lived to see themselves replaced by automated checking out machines.

Why are robots bad for jobs?

Robots are one of the causes for the increasing unemployment rate. Because of robots, human labour is no longer needed in many factories and manufacturing plants.

Robots are much cheaper than humans, which is why many companies have opted to replace human labour with machines.

What jobs are going to be taken over by robots?

Here is a list of jobs that are definitely going to be taken over by robots in the near future:

  • Assembly-line and factory workers 
  • Cashiers 
  • Bank Tellers 
  • Packing, stockroom and warehouse moving 
  • Travel agents 
  • Telemarketers 
  • Insurance underwriters and claims representatives

How likely is it for a robot to take your job

According to  research by McKinsey and Company, 30 percent of current work hours will be automated. The company also estimates that at least one-third of tasks in about 60% of jobs will be automated.

Robots aren't taking our jobs

“Companies that are innovating are growing, and that growth is producing more and new kinds of jobs,” – ManpowerGroup 

According to a study by ManpowerGroup, around 87% of employers plan on increasing or maintaining employment due to automation. ManpowerGroup, a talent resourcing, consulting and career management group has found that organizations are simply investing in digital solutions and not reducing employment.

ManpowerGroup asked 19 000 employers in 44 countries about: the impact of automation on job growth in their businesses in the next two years. The employers were asked about their plans to increase employment, the skills they are looking for, and their plans to prepare their workforce for the future.

The study found that more employers have plans to create more jobs because of the increased use of machines. While many Jobs might be lost to robots,  it seems these robots have opened an opportunity for more jobs to be created.

How many jobs will be lost to robots

In a report by the World Economic Forum, they predict that robots will replace 75 million jobs globally by 2022 but will also create 133 million new ones.

Negative impact of robots on employment

Because of robots, some human labour tasks are no longer required in places such as manufacturing plants, factories, retail outlets and many other businesses.

Even though studies prove that automation will create new jobs, the introduction of artificial Intelligence has still left a scar in the lives of many as millions of people have already lost their jobs and many others will still lose their jobs to automation.

People are now required to equip themselves with the relevant skills to adjust to a world of artificial intelligence. 

Robots and jobs: what will happen when work gets automated

Stuart Russell, a computer scientist at UC Berkeley says that in the long run almost all jobs that we know of now will not exist.

More robots means more inequality

McKinsey and Company states that most job growth in high economies will be at the high end of wage distribution. This means that a lot of people in middle-income jobs will experience a loss in income or will lose their jobs.

Is the pace of change different this time

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler says that automation is indeed a challenge and a cause for concern.  She states that even though automation is something to worry about, she argues that some of the claims made have been exaggerated.

Shuler argues that the reports made that tens of millions of Americans will lose their jobs by 2030 are extreme.

The robots are coming and this is how they will change the future of work

A robot can do your work… at no salary

A report by a research firm called Forrester, states that the United States should expect a “disruptive tidal wave”. The report states that jobs in customer services, logistics, the automotive industry, and taxi and truck driving will be affected the most by the tidal wave.

How to stay ahead of the robot?

To stay ahead of the robots you have to equip yourself with skills that will make you useful. Robots do not have human skills. Instead of piling up those qualifications , make sure you also have the skills that will make you employable or worth keeping come retrenchment time.

Scarce skills

Find out which skills employers are always on the look out for. Click here for more information on scarce skills, as well as careers that are dying and emerging.

Yes, the Robots Are Coming: Jobs in the Era of Humans and Machines

Jeff Schwartz, Deloitte Consulting’s U.S. leader for the future of work and global leader for human capital marketing, eminence, and brand says that all industries will be affected by automation. Swhwarts argues that there is no need to panic, there is just a need for preparation.

The Bright Side of the Human-Robotic Workforce

David Tal, the founder and president of Quantumrun Forecasting, a strategic forecasting agency, says that there is an indirect effect in the introduction of robots.

David Tal says that the use of automation allows businesses to save money and become more competitive by having lower prices. This results in consumers spending more on businesses and creates more jobs.

Moving toward tech fluenzy

Jeff Schwartz says that everyone, including the leadership in companies should look at their careers or industries and see how they can adapt to the change that is coming. 

Jan Badenhorst, CEO, Matric College