27 noviembre, 2018

Women, Technology, and the Future of Work- FMI -Blog

The way we work is changing at an unprecedented rate. Digitalization, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are eliminating many jobs involving low and middle-skill routine tasks through automation.
Our new research finds the trend toward greater automation will be especially challenging for women.
On average, women face an 11 percent risk of losing their jobs due to automation, compared to 9 percent of their male counterparts. So while many men are losing their jobs to automation, we estimate that 26 million women’s jobs in 30 countries are at high risk of being displaced by technology within the next 20 years. We find that women’s jobs have a 70 percent or higher probability of automation. This translates globally to 180 million women’s jobs.
We must understand the impact of these trends on women’s lives if we are to gain gender equity in the work place.
What policies can countries implement now to ensure that women contribute to the economy, while moving toward greater automation?
Women at higher risk
Hard-won gains from policies to increase the number of women in the paid workforce and to increase women’s pay to equal men’s may be quickly eroded if women work predominantly in sectors and occupations that are at high risk of being automated.
  • Women who are 40 and older, and those in clerical, service, and sales positions are disproportionately at risk.

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