With the influx of AI and automation, HR leaders were quick off the mark to reassure employees that they’re jobs weren’t at immediate risk.
And, while that may be true, recent research has found that one gender is more likely to lose their careers because of a robotic replacement.
Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that women are considerably more likely than men to miss out due to automation.
This is due to the fact that these ‘high risk industries’ employ more female staff than male – with the top three sectors prone to automation being waiting and waitressing, retail roles and shelf-stacking.
The report also found that younger employees are at risk – with 15% of 20-year-olds in danger of losing jobs because of AI-powered bots.
And HR isn’t immune to the impending robotic workforce – HR professionals have a 28% chance ‘of some or all of the duties and tasks in this role being automated’, according to the ONS.
However, the report did reassure organizations that this wasn’t a doomsday scenario just yet.
"It is not so much that robots are taking over, but that routine and repetitive tasks can be carried out more quickly and efficiently by an algorithm written by a human, or a machine designed for one specific function,” the paper stated.
"The risk of automation tends to be higher for lower-skilled roles for this reason.”