WA workforce not concerned about technology disruptions

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A major survey into the future of work in Western Australia shows the workforce is not overly concerned about the potential disruptive impacts of technology and automation as a result of the fourth industrial revolution.

This could leave the WA workforce vulnerable and ill-prepared for the impact of technology including automation, robotics and artificial intelligence, according to the Committee for Perth.

The research was undertaken by IPSOS for the Committee as part of its Future of Work major project, surveying more than 1,000 people across Western Australia plus more than 40 senior business leaders.

Committee for Perth CEO Marion Fulker said the purpose of the study was to examine attitudes towards technological changes, preparedness for the future of work and shine a light on the impact COVID-19 has on both workers and businesses across WA.

“Our data shows us a potential disconnect between the literature, the intention of business and local experiences,” Mrs Fulker said.

“While 51% of people surveyed acknowledged the impact of technology would significantly or completely change the way they do their job in the next 5-10 years, the anticipated impacts were more likely to be positive.

“This could in part be because the impact of the most disruptive technologies - including robotics and artificial intelligence – are yet to come.

“The challenge will be for government and industry to lead in the preparation of the WA economy and its workers for the future of work in a way that strikes a balance between encouraging the workforce to prepare and generating alarm.”

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.