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Is automation driving jobs away from humans?

Sectors like manufacturing are among the worst-impacted.

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Updated: Dec 18, 2018, 12.11 PM IST
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Incremental hiring is witnessing a significant slowdown and that has been a persistent pattern over past four years.
Is automation creeping in to take over human jobs? New research from Aon Consulting shows a significant slowdown in incremental hiring with the focus shifting from mass hiring to recruitment of employees with specific business-critical skills.

Over the past four years, incremental hiring has gone down by around 23%. The maximum brunt has been faced by the junior management and clerical levels, where hiring has fallen 23-25%. The data is based on a survey of more than 1,000 organisations across 20 sectors.

Incremental hiring is witnessing a significant slowdown and that has been a persistent pattern over past four years, according to Roopank Chaudhary, partner-talent and rewards consulting, at Aon Consulting.

Sectors like manufacturing are among the worst-impacted. Entry-level and clerical profiles such as admin assistants, shop floor roles in production lines, and technicians in manufacturing are fast being replaced by technology.

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