In 2025 more robots work than humans

Study of the World Economic Forum

According to the latest study by the World Economic Forum (WEF), our world of work will change rapidly in the next seven years. The forecast: In 2025, more robots than humans will be doing the work.
For comparison: the proportion of working hours currently performed by humans is 71 percent. By 2025, this percentage could drop to 48 percent – which would mean more work steps would be performed by machines and algorithms. This was reported by the news magazine Spiegel, which had received the study in advance on Monday.

Robots in the world of work: a curse or a blessing?

In connection with the usage of robots, artificial intelligence & co., there is always concern about the loss of jobs. The study also dares to make a prognosis for this issue. The good thing at the beginning: the future will not be as gloomy as some experts expect it according to the WEF. It is true that around 75 million jobs could suddenly be lost or replaced worldwide in the next four years. At the same time, 133 million new jobs will be created over the next five years. The snag: some employees need completely new specialist skills.

In particular areas such as software development, e-commerce and social media need specialists. But the job opportunities for people who analyze data and scientists are also high. According to the study, jobs in which human skills are essential will be retained, because no robot can replace them yet.

Data Analysis, Apps and Intelligent Machines

Nevertheless, 50 percent of the companies surveyed believe that their workforce will tend to decline over the next four years. This could also be due to the fact that around 85 percent of companies in Germany are increasingly automating their working methods by 2025.But almost as many respondents want to hire new employees for this goal.
Data analysis is especially popular: over 90 percent of respondents want to use it in their company. Apps (84 percent) and intelligent machines (79 percent) are also popular in this context.

The survey was based on more than 300 companies worldwide, where high-ranked managers and personnel managers were interviewed. The study includes twelve industry profiles and 29 country and regional profiles.