Worry over losing job to AI is high among professionals: Survey

Eight out of 10 professionals are worried about losing their jobs to emerging automation and artificial intelligence (AI) in their organisations, suggest the findings of a survey.

As much as 78% of the respondents viewed upskilling as a proactive strategy to navigate the changing work landscape, according to the ‘Future of the Skills Landscape 2024’ survey, conducted by Hero Vired, an edtech platform of the Hero Group.

More than 200,000 employees in sectors like engineering, health, technology and retail were surveyed for the study, the findings of which were shared exclusively with ET.

About 81% of the respondents to the survey expressed a preference for online courses to upskill and three in four women found it easier to get back to work post-upskilling.

Four in 10 respondents believed that knowledge of AI significantly influences career growth opportunities within their current organisations, and 43% expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of adequate AI training provided by their employers. This highlights a clear gap between perceived importance and the actual provision of training in this critical technology domain, according to the study report.

“There is a growing imperative for working professionals today to proactively upskill themselves in order to navigate and thrive in the ever-evolving technological landscape,” Hero Vired founder and chief executive Akshay Munjal said.“While a majority 82% respondents voiced concern of job redundancy due to rapid changes, over 78% of respondents felt the need to skill-up to keep themselves relevant in their jobs,” he said.

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