Closing conditions

Author: | Published: 5 Mar 2018

Ms Robot

As if women needed any more bad news when it comes to workplace politics and policies, a new study has found that they are more likely to be replaced by automation in the next eight years than their male counterparts. And they will have fewer opportunities to find a new role too unless they retrain.

These grim conclusions come from a World Economic Forum released in January. Its key finding is that nearly 60% of all jobs in the US to be disrupted by technology and automation are currently held by women. It's estimated that each robot could potentially replace six employees – nearly one-third of banking jobs, for instance, could disappear within five years. More specifically, some of the first roles to...