There is a study that reports the impact of the Corona pandemic is a number of human workers will be replaced by robot. Due to technological changes that are very fast adjusting to needs. There are allegedly 85 million types of work in the next five years.
“The technology advances in line with COVID-19 recession, creates a ‘double disruption’ scenario for workers.” write the latest report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), quoting from CNN, Wednesday (21/10/2020).
The WEF has surveyed more than two-fifths of large companies. This company plans to reduce their workforce due to technology integration.
“For the first time in recent years, job creation is lagging behind and this factor affects to disadvantaged workers,” the WEF wrote in its report.
Covid-19 adds to unemployment in worldwide
The whole world has been overwhelmed due to corona pandemic. The evidence is the sharp spike in the number of unemployed worldwide.
Several major economies in Europe and elsewhere have extended their stimulus to overcome a worrying increase in unemployment.
Unemployment in the United States (US) has also continued to rise, while lawmakers are still at odds about new stimulus measures.
“As unemployment increases, it becomes increasingly urgent to extend social protection. Including support to provide training for displaced and at-risk workers as they navigate their way to ‘jobs of the future’,” reads the WEF report.
Pandemic risks deepen existing inequalities. This is because the industries hardest hit by the pandemic, such as the travel and tourism, hospitality and retail industries. Tends to have younger, lower-paid workers who are disproportionately female.
The World Bank has warned that the pandemic could increase income inequality and push up to 115 million people into extreme poverty this year.
Pandemics drive technological advances
Pandemics have accelerated the need for technology in businesses and consumers. The demand for cloud computing and e-commerce services has recently continued to increase sharply.
Meanwhile, companies that can not serve their customers online are falling behind.
Workers who are unable to work from home. Either because their jobs require face-to-face interaction or because they have limited internet access.
According to the WEF report, machines or technology could replace around 85 million jobs by 2025. While it will also create 97 million new jobs.
In the future, robot will do a number of jobs such as bank tellers, administrative assistants, bookkeepers, and payroll clerks.