Robots can replace Slovaks at work

Industrial robots are likely to take over some jobs.

Robots assemble vehicles in the carmaker Kia Slovakia.Robots assemble vehicles in the carmaker Kia Slovakia. (Source: Sme)

Slovaks should prepare for the arrival of robots. With the increasing use of industrial robots across the globe, an average worker in Slovakia faces a 62 percent median probability that his or her job will be automated “in the near future”, the Bloomberg news agency reported, citing the study published by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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In a report, which compared 11 emerging countries with developed economies, EBRD wrote that workers in Lithuania are only slightly less at risk, and the chance hovers at around a coin toss for employees in Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Estonia. Robots will be most used in textiles, agriculture and manufacturing, the report reads.

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Slovakia already has the highest share of industrial robots against the number of workers in Europe. There has been an increase in the number of robots between 1993 and 2016 by nine robots per one thousand workers, the SITA newswire reported.

A more dynamic growth has been observed only in Germany and Sweden.

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The textile industry, food production, agriculture and wood processing are most exposed to automation. On the other hand, education, telecommunications, IT, and various financial and legal services are amongst the sectors the least likely to be influenced by automation, according to the EBRD report.

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