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Only 12% of workers say AI will negatively impact their jobs

June 05, 2019

Only 12% of workers are concerned artificial intelligence and automation will have a negative impact on their jobs, according to survey results released today by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI).

Instead, 39% believe new technologies will have a positive impact, and 49% foresee no change.

When it comes to the impact of new technologies, 47% of employers said the new tech will require employees to learn new skills. Other impacts, according to employers, will include:

  • Increase employee productivity, 47%
  • More time for teams to focus on strategic areas, 44%
  • New career opportunities, 44%
  • Change in processes, 44%

Of the 39% of employees who said they see AI and automation having a positive impact on their job, they cited the following reasons:

  • Increased productivity, 33%
  • Ability to develop new skills and deliver better business solutions, 27%
  • Opportunity to focus on creativity and problem-solving, 27%

However, 82% of managers think it will be challenging to get their staff up to speed on new technologies.

Robert Half’s survey included more than 2,800 professionals in the US and more than 1,200 managers.


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