Technology: workers who are already vulnerable are most at risk

Technologies: les travailleurs déjà vulnérables les plus à risque

The jobs of the least skilled and the lowest paid are also those that will be most transformed by new technologies, has evaluated a vast pan-canadian study published Monday.

The researchers Marc Frenette and Kristyn Frank, Statistics Canada, ensure that a new wave of robotization and automation will not necessarily result in fewer jobs.

However, the employees already vulnerable have much more chance of having to get used to a new environment of work because of technologies, can we infer by observing the list of sectors that will be turned upside down.

Big gaps between sectors

Office workers – clerks and receptionists, among others – are by far those who will be most affected by a possible technological revolution. More than 35 % of them are going to have to get to new working conditions.

The services sector follows with about 20% of workers vulnerable to technology. This includes hairdressers, chefs, butchers, or cobblers.

The construction workers, the industrial world and the electronics will be affected to approximately the same height, evaluates the Institute for research on public policy (IRPP), who led the research.

The other hand, the people who open in the legal community, in the financial sector, in education or in applied sciences are only concerned with the fact that in proportions that are insignificant.

Nothing new

In short, those who need to understand the permission are those who have already seen their livelihood changed in the previous waves of technology change.

“The assumption that new technologies hurt now for the highly skilled workers, hitherto spared by automation, seems to be without foundation,” commented Natalia Mishagina, director of research at the INSTITUTE, which calls on decision makers to take account of these data.

All in all, it is a canadian worker in ten is at high risk that its use will be completely renewed in the coming years. It is estimated that the risk is average for a little less than 30% of the employees in the country.

Yet, less than 4 % of canadian workers who hold a graduate degree are seriously affected.

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