Robots are going to snatch your jobs from you. Shocked after reading this? This is the reality of the near future. Every company is adopting the Artificial intelligence because they are becoming cheaper than the human labor. Enhanced production and minimization of operational cost is also a reason behind the adoption of artificial intelligence through robots. AI has led to the automation of various industries.
Artificial Intelligence is expected to be affecting the manufacturing sector the most. As per the reports of Oxford Economics, 20 million manufacturing jobs around the globe may be replaced by robots. This data is really alarming, as a large number of people will be unemployed with this.
Many people are thinking that with the introduction of Robots and AI in the job arena will make the work of people worse but few also think they will lose their job and it is true to an extent. It is being said that the number of robots will rise 20 million by 2030, with China having 14 million robots are at that time.
To tackle the employment loss due to automation, National Retraining Scheme is being developed in UK
Here, I would like to tell you that the UK has planned to address the plight of their unemployed citizens. This would help them in getting a better and more rewarding career opportunity. Well we will discuss about this later, now let us talk about the facts and figures of AI introduction.
As per a report of World Economic Forum, “AI will create 133 million new jobs and 75 million jobs will be displaced by 2022.” If we actually pay attention then total of 58 million new jobs will be created with the use of robots and AI.
Few career options which will remain in demand, even after the introduction of AI are listed below:
- Data Analysts and Scientists
- Software and application developers
- E-commerce and Social Media Specialist
- Organizational Development Specialist
- Innovation Managers
- AI and Machine learning Specialists
- Big DATA specialist
- Process Automation Expert
- Information Security Analysts
- Robotics Engineers
- UI and Human Machine Interaction Designers
- Technical designing and Programming
As per a report, 18% of sales/retail assistants, 10% other admin, 9% customer services, 7% finance admin and 6.5% elementary storage jobs could be lost by 2030.
Critical thinking, complex problem solving, and emotional intelligence are the few skills which will remain in trend even after the adoption of AI.
UK’s take on people unemployed by AI
Artificial intelligence is not a new thing in European Union. Automation has already taken place in various industries. In EU, robots have taken the place of 1.5% of current manufacturing workforce. It is being said that AI will increase profit by 36% in manufacturing sector. It is expected that in 2022, there will be 58 humans on 42 machines while in 2025, this data will reverse 42 humans on 52 machines.
The government is worried about the issue and had planned to conduct training programs for people unemployed due to the adoption of this new technology. In the UK, 37% of workers are really anxious that their job will get worse, after the penetration of AI, but 23% are under the pressure that their jobs will become obsolete and they will be laid off.
As per an online survey conducted online 73% of employees are ready to enhance and update their skills as per their job requirements.
Where 80% of companies are thinking to shrink their workforce by 2022 due to automation, 40% are expecting to extend their workforce and 25% are willing to create new roles in the enterprise, employees are in fear and they are anxious too. To curtail the anxiousness and fear of people losing their job UK will retrain the workforce under a new National Training Scheme. This training programme will be developed by:
- Confederation of British Industries
- Trade Union Congress
The training programme will be held in Liverpool.
As per the report of Oxford Economics, “The UK’s most vulnerable regions to robotisation can be found in its more rural areas. These sparsely populated regions may contain town with concentrated manufacturing industries. Cumbria tops in our index.”
Apart from Cumbria, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire Shropshire and Staffordshire, West Wales and the Valleys and Lincolnshire are the other most vulnerable regions. For employment purposes these areas are very much dependent on manufacturing. These areas have generally low skilled workers.
Inner London is the least vulnerable while South-east London can be the target of the next phase of the industrial automation.
When asked about the training programme and changing job roles after the introduction of AI, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said, “Technologies like AI and automation are transforming the way we live and work and bringing huge benefits to our economy. But it also means that jobs are evolving and some roles will soon become a thing of the past.”
The training will update and enhance the skills of the employees who lose their jobs due to obsolete skills so that they can get better career opportunities.
Many companies have already employed robots in their organization but they have not curtailed a lot of staff. One such example is Amazon. It has employed AI robots in its warehouses to carry goods from one place to another. Jane Colquhoun, works with robots as a fulfillment center staff member. She says when they were deployed it looked they are coming to hit her but they never do so and they have made work easier for her. There is no need to carry heavy objects from one place to another via manual support.
Mark Heming- regional Operations director at Amazon said, “Company is employing new people even after introducing the robots. Thousands of jobs are created every year. Basic roles still exist. Technology can create new training opportunities and jobs. So it doesn’t mean fewer staff.”
Artificial Intelligence will not only snatch the jobs of people from them but it will also create an opportunity for them to update their skill set and get into the new roles. With the help of UK government training, people can very easily do the same. With the introduction of AI and automation, various new job opportunities will be created. To harness those jobs, workers need to stay updated with the trending skills like machine learning, Big Data, Data Analytics, etc. Not just for UK, it is for the people of all over the world. One day or the other, AI and automation will penetrate in your country too. Keep your skills updated so that you don’t panic with the change.
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