Robots Will Steal Your Job (But Only If You’re A Man)

OECD Top 10 Most at Risk of AutomationSummary for

  1. We combined Carl Frey; Michael Osborne’s Oxford research paper: ‘The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation’ with publically available data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) to find the probability of automation for each gender and working sector in 33 OECD countries.
  2. Although women in professional roles is a close second for both countries, we can’t help but wonder whether more could be done in these Western giants to encourage women to participate more in the knowledge economy, and therefore decrease their risk of automation even further.
  3. Eastern giant Turkey is the European country most at risk of automation, whereas western dwarf Luxembourg takes the top spot for the least susceptible to robot takeover.
  4. In 80% of the 33 OECD countries in the study, men are more at risk of losing their job to a robot than women.
  5. The paper, using a novel methodology, details the probability of automation for over 700 jobs by taking into account nine key skills that are needed to perform it: negotiation, social perceptiveness, originality, persuasion, finger dexterity, manual dexterity, fine arts, assisting and caring for others and the need to work in a cramped work space.
  6. This has a relatively high probability of automation – think robot waiters and cabin crew, or receiving personalized in-store shopping recommendations via artificially-intelligent devices – meaning those employed in this sector will likely be out of a job.
  7. Women in Germany have ascended to the middle of the professional ladder, if they can break that glass ceiling and attain managerial positions, their risk of automation will decrease dramatically.


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