Industry & Business

Robots Create Jobs, According to New Research

 Breaking News
  • Electric Ireland Awards €30 Million Customer Services Contract Electric Ireland has chosen Abtran, the leading Irish business process management company, as their continuing partner in the delivery of customer service solutions to its 1.2 million residential and business customers nationwide. The contract has an approximate value of €30 million over 3 years to 2022, with an option to extend for a further 4 years. Abtran’s [...]...
  • Bibby Financial Services Ireland Opens Cork Office To facilitate an increase in business in the Munster region, Bibby Financial Services Ireland (BFSI), a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs, has opened its new Cork office. The new office, located at Unit 10, South Bank, Crosse’s Green in Cork city centre will be led by recently-appointed Head of Sales [...]...
  • Esri Ireland Partners With Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to Boost Local Tourism Esri Ireland, the market leader in geographic information services, has announced that Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has used its digital mapping software to boost local tourism through a series of interactive online maps. The Council has seen significant tourism growth in the Causeway Coast and Glens region, with 1.1 million overnight visitors adding [...]...
  • Ireland Improves Performance in European Digitisation Index The Government has welcomed the news from the European Commission that Ireland has improved its performance in the 2019 EU Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) compared to 2018. Our performance is ahead of the European average in four of the five indicators. Ireland improved its overall ranking by one place, moving from 8th to 7th place in [...]...
  • HEINEKEN Ireland Ahead on Sustainability Targets HEINEKEN Ireland has published its 2018 Sustainability Report which saw the brewer achieve a 58% reduction in CO2 production since 2008, far exceeding its own 20% target. This achievement underscores its 10 year commitment to be a sustainable and green brewer under its global sustainability strategy, Brewing a Better World. In 2018, as part of its [...]...

Robots Create Jobs, According to New Research

Robots Create Jobs, According to New Research
April 25
14:00 2018

At 309 units per 10,000 employees, robot density in German manufacturing industry is the third highest worldwide. At the same time, the number of people employed in Germany reached 44 million in 2017, the highest figure since reunification. The rapid spread of industrial robots hasn’t made a dent in employment figures: today, new tasks have been created for the workforce alongside ones performed by machines. These are the results of the latest study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

“The results of the ZEW study on the labour market confirm what we’re observing in leading industrial nations across the world,” comments Junji Tsuda, president of the International Federation of Robotics. “The modernisation of production shifts hazardous, unhealthy and monotonous work to the machines. In the vast majority of cases, only certain activities of a job are automated and not the entire spectrum of an employee´s work.” However, if jobs are cut – the ZEW reports that 5% of employees were replaced within five years – these losses are compensated for by new jobs overall.

In Germany, the rise in the use of machines has allowed employment to grow by 1%. This development looks set to continue in future: based on details from companies surveyed, the ZEW estimates that further automation and digitalisation in industry will generate a 1.8% rise in employment by 2021.

This development tallies with experience from the 1990s onwards with the computer boom. The large-scale use of IT in companies did render traditional processing jobs superfluous. But according to calculations by the ZEW, from 1995 to 2011 employment rose by just under 0.2% per year.

The London School of Economics (LSE) recently published a study entitled Robots at Work on the use of industrial robots in 17 developed economies between 1993 and 2007. LSE head of research, Guy Michaels, summarised the key results at a Messe Muenchen press conference on automatica 2018: “Productivity has improved by around 15% due to industrial robots. At the same time, the proportion of low-skilled labour dropped and pay increased slightly. Industrial robots don’t have any significant impact on the number of employees overall,” comments Guy Michaels.

About the Impact of Robots on Productivity, Employment and Jobs

Please find the IFR position paper here.

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) survey

Please find the ZEW survey here.

About Author

admin

admin

Related Articles

New Subscriber

Subscribe Here



Advertisements





















National Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition 2018

NIBRT Springboard Success Stories



Upcoming Events

  • No upcoming events
AEC v1.0.4