Gen Z and Millennials fear AI will take their jobs
By Sarah Wood | 16th August 2023
Workers aged 18-34 fear AI could take at least 50% of their jobs, according to a new survey.
The survey from strategic skills provider Corndel shows that younger employees are particularly concerned about the impact Artificial Intelligence will have on their work. Six out of 10 (61%) believe this new technology will take at least 25% of their role, with 38% of 18-34 year olds fearing AI will take at least 50% of their job in the next 10 years.
Despite this, 82% of employees have had no AI training, rising to 96% of those aged over 55.
The new research also reveals that 92% of employees who work with data tasks believe there is a data skills gap in their organisation, with almost a third (32%) of data professionals reporting a large data skills gap in their organisation.
For its report, Corndel surveyed 300 senior data leaders and 1,500 employees who work with data tasks.
Over a third (35%) of data professionals believe that the biggest impact of the data skills gap in their organisation is reduced efficiency and productivity.
Almost half of senior decision-makers in data roles believe that a lack of data skills is holding back their organisation's business transformation, with 37% identifying data literacy as a significant barrier to economic success.
Professionals who work with data also pinpointed an increased risk of errors and misinterpretation at work (32%), higher levels of stress among employees (29%), missed growth opportunities for their organisation (29%) and limited problem-solving capabilities (28%) as other key risks and threats to their organisation, due to the data skills gap.
The report shows that more than four in 10 employees (44%) believe lack of time allocated for learning and skills development is a major challenge in keeping up with evolving data skills and knowledge in their organisation This figure rises to 55% of employees in organisations with over 1,000 employees.
James Kelly, CEO and co-founder of Corndel, said: "Our research shows that many UK organisations are struggling to embed the data skills needed to fuel growth and drive performance. Nearly a third of employees who work with data say they aren't confident in understanding, analysing and drawing insights from data, which is a major concern in today's business environment.
"Younger employees are already acknowledging the risks of being left behind by technology, which is shown in the large number of 18-34-year-olds who think their jobs are at risk from AI."
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