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Third of US firms increased use of AI and robotics, Randstad Sourceright finds

May 17 2017

Approximately a third of US companies, 36%, increased their use of artificial intelligence and robotics over the last 12 months, according to information released today by Randstad Sourceright from its the Q2 2017 Talent Trends report.

However, even with the integration of AI and robotics, the survey found that a scarcity of skilled talent a primary concern for US business leaders. More than a quarter of those surveyed expect that searching for skilled workers will be a major challenge for their business over the next year.

The survey also found that the C-suite and human capital leaders surveyed also expect significant growth. The percent of US respondents indicating that they expect significant growth in the next 12 months soared to 28% from 10% in an earlier survey.

“The latest survey results are good news for the economy and American workers,” said Randstad Sourceright CEO Rebecca Henderson. “Surging business confidence appears to be fueling both an increase in the investment companies are making in automation and additional hiring to manage expected growth. Contrary to the headlines, this survey shows that automation can provide opportunities for people and vice versa.”

And while American workers may be uneasy with automation and fear robots will soon replace them. US business executives have a much brighter perspective. The survey found 70% of respondents say they expect that automation and robotics will have a positive impact on their business in the next three to five years.

The report is based on the survey responses from more than 700 human capital and C-suite leaders in 15 countries, including the US.

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