Fetalvero: Robot revolution

Noemi Fetalvero
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WITH Bayanihan 3 underway and the government’s plan to extend assistance to lifeliners from 2021 to 2051, there is ample financial aid ahead. However, as much as I am reluctant to pour cold water on the hopes of my fellow Filipinos, there is another disturbing evolution that will once again put our resilience to the test.

A report from the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Future of Jobs reveals that there will be jobs that will eventually be phased out due to automation.

“A number of jobs have been identified as most at risk of ‘disappearing’ over the next five years.”

The data was based on the surveys of business leaders and human resources strategists from around the world.

“The report is extra relevant this year as it takes into consideration the effect of the pandemic-related disruptions. The workforce is automating faster than expected, displacing 85 million jobs in the next five years.”

Saadia Zahidi writes in the International Monetary Fund website: “Automations in tandem with the Covid-19 recession, is creating a ‘double disruption’ scenario for workers. Companies’ adoption to technology will transform tasks, jobs and skills by 2025.”

Forty-three percent of businesses surveyed said that they are set to reduce their workforce because of technology integration. Forty-one percent plan to expand their use of contractors for task-specialized work. Five years from now, employers will divide work between humans and machine roughly equally, the WEF report said.

The robot revolution will create 97 million new jobs. In 2025, analytical thinking, creativity and flexibility will be among the most sought after skills. There will be an increasing demand of data analyst, scientists, digital marketing and strategy specialists, process automation specialists, business development professionals, information security analysts, software and application developers, project managers, data base and network professionals, robotics engineers, pin tech engineers and risk management specialists.

Those at risk of losing their jobs are data entry clerks, administrative and executive secretaries, accounting and bookkeeping payroll clerks, accountant and auditors, assembly and factory workers.

The top 10 jobs that will disappear are those involving business services like administration managers, client information and customer services workers, general operations managers, machinery repairs, material recording and stock keeping clerks.