More than 50% of EU jobs at risk of com­put­er­i­sa­tion

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

More than half of the jobs in the EU’s 28 mem­ber states will be im­pacted sig­nif­i­cantly by ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy over the com­ing decades across sec­tors, ac­cord­ing to cal­cu­la­tions by the think tank Bruegel.

Bruegel bases its cal­cu­la­tions on 2013 data from Frey & Os­borne, wt hich pre­dicts that key tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances, es­pe­cially in ma­chine learn­ing, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, and mo­bile ro­bot­ics, will im­pact pri­mar­ily upon low-wage, low-skill sec­tors tra­di­tion­ally im­mune from au­to­ma­tion.

How­ever, north­ern EU coun­tries are pro­jected to be less af­fected than their neigh­bours. Jobs in Swe­den will be least af­fected by com­put­er­i­sa­tion (46.69%), fol­lowed by the UK (47.17%), the Nether­lands (49.50%) and France and Den­mark (both at 49.54%), ac­cord­ing to Bruegel. Mean­while, Ro­ma­nia will be the most af­fected coun­try (61.93%), ahead of Por­tu­gal (58.94%), Croa­tia (57.9%) and Bul­garia (56.56%). Tech­no­log­i­cal change is likely to be­come a key pol­icy con­cern in the com­ing years, with a dra­matic skills gap in Europe within the ICT sec­tor. The con­sul­tancy Em­pir­ica has pre­dicted that about 900,000 jobs will re­main un­filled by 2020, mostly in the higher-end seg­ment of the mar­ket.

“What these es­ti­mates im­ply for pol­icy is clear: if we be­lieve that tech­nol­ogy will be able to over­come tra­di­tional hur­dles among non-rou­tine cog­ni­tive tasks then we must equip the next gen­er­a­tion of work­ers with skills that ben­e­fit from tech­nol­ogy rather than be­ing threat­ened by it. Such skills are likely to em­pha­sise so­cial and cre­ative in­tel­li­gence, which sug­gests that ap­pro­pri­ate shifts in ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy are surely req­ui­site in or­der to meet this au­to­mated chal­lenge,” Bruegel said in a state­ment.

A quar­ter (23%) of EU cit­i­zens also be­lieve that their ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing did not give them the skills to find a job that matches their qual­i­fi­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to a Euro­barom­e­ter sur­vey. The sur­vey also shows that 6% who tried to work, or study in an­other mem­ber state, were un­able to do so as their qual­i­fi­ca­tions were ei­ther not recog­nised by their prospec­tive em­ployer or ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion, or the re­spon­dents lacked in­for­ma­tion about recog­ni­tion of their qual­i­fi­ca­tions abroad.

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