More than a quarter of jobs in OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries involve skills that could be easily automated in the coming artificial intelligence revolution, and workers fear they could lose their jobs to artificial intelligence, the OECD said.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is a 38-member bloc that includes mostly rich countries, as well as some developing economies such as Mexico and Estonia.
According to the OECD, the emergence of artificial intelligence does not yet have a significant impact on jobs, but this may be due to the fact that the revolution itself is at an early stage.
On average, in OECD countries, the workplaces most at risk of automation make up 27% of the workforce, with Eastern European countries most at risk, according to the report of the Paris-based organization “Employment Outlook to 2023″.
The most at-risk jobs are those that use more than 25 of the 100 skills and abilities that AI experts believe can be easily automated.
At the same time, three out of five workers fear that in the next 10 years they may lose their jobs due to artificial intelligence, as shown by a study conducted by the OECD last year. 5,300 employees of 2,000 companies operating in the field of production and finance in seven countries took part in the survey.
The survey was conducted before the boom in generative AI such as ChatGPT.
Despite anxiety about the rise of artificial intelligence, two-thirds of workers who already work with it say that automation has made their jobs less harmful or tiring.
According to the OECD, minimum wages and collective bargaining can help ease the pressure that AI can put on pay, while governments and regulators should ensure that workers’ rights are not curtailed.