A new McKinsey study has found not all workers are equally vulnerable to generative AI, and women are more likely to be forced to change jobs.
Man versus robot is a trope that’s been around for decades, but it might soon be woman versus robot. Recent data released by McKinsey established that women are 1.5 times more likely to be displaced by automation, as women in the U.S. make up the largest percentage of workers in low-wage jobs, or those earning less than $30,800 a year.
Other big job losses are likely to occur in customer service, office administrative roles and food services, which McKinsey estimates will equate to 11.8 million workers overall by 2030—all jobs where female workers are heavily represented.
Black and Hispanic workers also make up a vast proportion of workers in the above categories and will be affected by AI in the workplace.
Change in mindset
However, McKinsey’s data suggests that the increasing importance of soft skills in the workplace, often learned on the job, will result in employers looking beyond educational credentials when considering prospective candidates.
These skills include skills the bots have yet to master (for now):
- Critical thinking.
- Leadership and social influence.
- Stress tolerance.
In fact, 60% of U.S. workers have gained skills through experience, not college degrees. And when employers facilitate remote working opportunities for those who cannot travel to an office or need additional flexibility due to family obligations or childcare issues, they can immediately access additional talent that they might have previously overlooked or discouraged from applying.
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Machine Learning Engineer 5, Adobe, San Jose
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By Aoibhinn McBride