Only 1 in 5 British workers see AI as a threat to their job

  10th November 2017      
 Employment, Office & Commercial, Recruitment


Study finds more men than women have a positive outlook on automation, believing it will reduce errors in the workplace.

A recent survey released this week by TalkTalk Business with research conducted by YouGov has highlighted a gender gap in attitudes and expectations towards AI in the workplace with over a third of male workers (39%) feel artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will make them better at tackling day-to-day tasks, in contrast to less than a quarter of female workers (24%).

The Workforces 2025 report also reveals:

28% of male workers in comparison to 19% of female workers think automation will help improve their attention to detail and reduce errors.

A third (33%) of men think the introduction of these technologies will impact on their jobs positively, as opposed to just a quarter (25%) of women.

Across the workforce, an equal volume (29%) of those surveyed see AI as having both a positive and negative impact, while 15% think AI, automation and other technological developments have the potential to replace their job completely.

38% of workers think their current job will still exist 15 years from now, without any support from AI, automation or any other technology developments. Whereas 15% believe their jobs will be replaced entirely by AI.

This is in contrast to a recent forecast by thinktank, Reform, which said that 250,000 public sector administrative jobs could be at risk by 2030 because of impending automation. Key decision makers surveyed were aware of the massive changes ahead, with 47% stating that their companies intended to upskill their workforces to understand and utilise newer technologies.

Duncan Gooding, Interim MD at TalkTalk Business, commented: “Employees must wake up to the march of evolving technologies so that they are ready to adapt to the demands and requirements of the workplace of the future. It’s equally important that employers introduce these tools and train workers in a way that inspires intrigue and positivity. AI, in particular, has the potential to transform our productivity and creativity at work. It is incumbent upon employers to effectively demonstrate how, so that current and future generations jump at the chance to embrace automated solutions.”

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