Automation will create 23 million new jobs for Women in India by 2030 claims McKinsey Institute’s report. 12 million women may get displaced.
“To survive the disruption by automation, women should now focus on being skilled, mobile and tech-savvy, and will need targeted support to move forward”, McKinsey in their report.
- Women and men are expected to face nearly the same displacement but in different areas.
- Women’s jobs are more prone to partial automation than being fully displaced.
- If women cannot take advantage of these transition opportunities, gender inequality in work could worsen.
Skills, mobility and technology – Keys for the future
With the expected inevitable rise of automation and A.I. in future, the population needs to get more technologically skilled. The whole idea behind automation is to reduce the need for human labours in basic to complex tasks wherever possible. This will lead to better job prospect and wages, but the transition in jobs is a menace.
Women, on the other hand, have faced various barriers in our society. Indian women, even after such a huge leap in education, still lag behind when compared to other nations in Information & technology. Our nation needs to focus on not only their basic education but also on real-world skills. Another factor is mobility. From family’s care to an unsafe environment, there are plenty of reasons making women less mobile and independent.
In conclusion, the government and companies should start working on making women ready for automation and artificial intelligence age. Or this could lead to more male dominant workplaces in future.