OECD: automation will undermine 66 million jobs

Another 32% of the posts will undergo changes in qualifications and tasks
OECD: automation will undermine 66 million jobs
03 April 20:19 2018 Print This Article

In the advanced economies, the equivalent of 66 million workers, almost one on 6, are considered to be “high risk of automation”. The OECD affirms this on the basis of an analysis that covers 32 countries and is based on the Survey of Adult Skills (Piaac), according to which on the 14% of the current jobs weighs a 70% probability of automation by computers and algorithms. However, the institution notes that this figure appears to be more limited than that indicated in a similar study in 2013 (Frey and Osborne).

In addition to high-risk posts there is a further 32% of positions on which, according to the Parisian institution, one could see “significant changes” on how the same jobs are performed, on the tasks, on the share of work that could be robotised and on the qualifications that will be needed to access these places. There are also significant differences between countries: ranging from a peak of 33% in the Slovak Republic of jobs that are at another risk of automation to just 6% in Norway.

In Italy this share is around 15%, according to the graphs published by the Parisian institution.
More generally, work in the Nordic countries appears to be less at risk of automation, while the higher odds are those with low qualifications, such as kitchen workers, miners, cleaners, construction workers and transport workers.

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