Ladies are extra probably than males to face a threat of their jobs being affected by automation, a Statistics Canada research says.

“The COVID-19 pandemic might speed up the implementation of recent expertise, as corporations may look to make the manufacturing and supply of products and the supply of providers extra resilient sooner or later,” stated the report launched Thursday.

It was primarily based on a 2016 Longitudinal and Worldwide Examine of Adults carried out earlier than the virus struck earlier this 12 months that pressured enterprise to close down and elevated unemployment.

“Whereas expert employees might grow to be extra productive by complementing the duties carried out by the brand new expertise or by working straight with it, others might must improve their expertise,” it added.

Both method, jobs could also be remodeled as robots and laptop algorithms take over routine, non-cognitive duties, whereas people specialize additional in non-routine, cognitive duties.

The research, described as the primary to look at intimately the chance of automation-related job transformation, discovered that modifications might have an effect on ladies and men in a different way, relying on the duties they carry out and the way automatable they’re.

Women and men have been equally more likely to face a excessive threat of automation-related job transformation, at 11 per cent. Nevertheless, 44 per cent of girls have been more likely to face a reasonable to excessive threat, in contrast with almost 35 per cent for males.

A excessive threat is outlined as a chance of 70 per cent or extra whereas reasonable to excessive threat is 50 per cent or extra.

General, the hole remained about the identical when evaluating ladies and men with comparable traits, reminiscent of age, schooling, business and occupation.

Nevertheless, a number of traits have been related to larger automation threat — being aged 55 or older, missing post-secondary {qualifications}, having low ranges of literacy or numeracy proficiency, being born in Canada, having a incapacity, being a part-time employee, not being in a union and being employed in a small to mid-sized agency.

Males aged 55 or older have been much less more likely to face a reasonable to excessive threat in contrast with girls in the identical age group, at a charge of 34 per cent for males and 59 per cent for ladies.

And 76 per cent of girls with no post-secondary {qualifications} confronted the automation threat, in contrast with 60 per cent of males.

Ladies with a incapacity, who weren’t unionized, or who labored in a agency of 10 or few workers have been additionally extra probably than their male counterparts to face a reasonable to excessive threat.

Statistics Canada stated the variations might point out that ladies and men carry out totally different duties that aren’t taken into consideration within the information.

It stated earlier analysis discovered that ladies have been extra probably than males in the identical occupation to report performing repetitive duties, and this might put them at larger threat of automation-related job transformation.

Regardless of the dangers, there are a number of causes — together with monetary and authorized — why employers might not instantly substitute people with robots.

“Because of this, a excessive threat of automation doesn’t essentially suggest a excessive threat of job loss.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Sept. 24, 2020.

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