How robotics can impact employment

Industry 4.0 is revolutionising all aspects of employment as we know it. With cyber physical systems becoming increasing popular, we’re seeing a profound impact on the functionality of many businesses. And in turn, this raises many questions when it comes to employment. We spoke to Alistair Marshall, Business Manager at Huxley, to find out more.

The impact of CPS on jobs

The stigma surrounding automation has led to concern that the rise of robotics will result in significant job loss across all industries. However, research from IFR, International Federation of Robotics, strongly suggests these worries are unfounded. Despite fears, it’s been calculated that less than 10% of jobs can be fully automated.

The vast majority of robots will be used to complement labour; so rather than being replaced, most professionals will be working alongside automated robotics. According to Alistair, cyber physical systems are positive for all concerned, “The major benefits we’re seeing are cost efficiency as well as higher quality, production and speed for businesses.”

Industry 4.0 impacting the job market

It’s projected that the future job market will see robots and humans working in conjunction with each other in a much more consistent manner. If businesses utilise these new technologies effectively, this will lead to an increase in jobs, not a loss. Cyber physical systems allow companies to focus their energy and resources on more complex projects, creating opportunities for highly skilled professionals to fill these roles. Robotics will allow individuals to excel in their roles and increase the value they add to a company. As a result, businesses can flourish, experience growth, and ultimately increase numbers of staff.

A range of opportunities available

The innovative nature of automation will lead to a large increase in opportunities. Cyber physical systems essentially allow IT systems to talk to the machinery that manufactures products and control them remotely.

Alistair explains, “As more businesses implement these systems, the data obtained from these systems is becoming increasingly valuable, as this allows companies to monitor their machines remotely, upload information onto the cloud and improve efficiency on a global basis; essentially, professionals are able to monitor their machines via the cloud from anywhere in the world.”

This is leading to a demand for data analysts and scientists. This data can be analysed to make informed business decisions, producing algorithms that demonstrate ways to manufacture products on a cheaper basis.

An increase in productivity

As humans and robots continue to work closely together in the future, we can expect to see an increase in productivity. As companies work to ensure they have the best processes in place to meet customer demand, professionals will likely become competitive. Organisations need to make sure they’re being efficient and using automated resources in a way that can truly benefit their company.

According to IFR, automation has led to an increase in labour demand. For automated systems to be effective, they have to be implemented and managed correctly; this requires skilled professionals. According to Alistair, “There’s be a large demand for software engineers to integrate existing hardware with the software platform already in place, ensuring everything runs smoothly.”

Getting ready for Industry 4.0

If you want to retain a competitive edge, it’s essential you get the talent in place to ensure your company is ready to maximise the potential of cyber physical systems. Tap into our pool of talent, and allow your company to thrive today. Get in touch with our dedicated team and find out how we can support to your organisation. 

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