Office workers, cognizant that automation could result in the loss of their jobs, are clamoring for new skills, according to the results of a new survey. The research, from RPA software provider UiPath, found 86 percent of the 4,500 employees polled globally wish their employer offered more reskilling opportunities. Nearly half of those surveyed representing workers in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, India and Singapore (47 percent) said they think they will be out of their job within five years because their skills would be outdated.
“Now more than ever, digital skillsets are necessary. Employers need to provide their employees with new training initiatives so they can best leverage technology like automation so they’re more productive and satisfied in their careers,” said Tom Clancy, senior vice president of UiPath Learning. “Employers should offer digital training as part of career development initiatives as it is proven to enhance retention and boost business productivity.”
Employees are able to see the effect automation is having on work and, according to the survey, they want in. Nearly a third of U.S. workers said they are interested in acquiring RPA skills.