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Automation will change the labor market and skills landscape in Romania

A share of 81 per cent of Romanian employers globally say their headcount will increase or remain flat in the next two years because of automation, in line with the 86 per cent employers globally providing the same answer to ManpowerGroup's latest research, Robots Need Not Apply: Human Solutions in the Skills Revolution.

2018-04-25 11:15:06

However, 17 per cent of Romanian employers believe that in the next two years automation will lead to a decrease in headcount, versus 10 per cent globally, and 14 per cent believe it will lead to an increase, versus 20 per cent globally. Consequently, in the near-term automation is likely to have a slight negative impact on the local market. Roles that are routine or add less value to customers are under greatest threat of automation.

Looking inside organizations, the impact varies by function. Only 5 per cent of employers believe they will increase the number of their Administrative Office employees, as digitalization progresses, while 14 per cent forecast decreases, while only 1 per cent of employers anticipate increases in their Human Resources function, and 5 per cent anticipate decreases. More than 1 in 3 employers (36 per cent) believe their Manufacturing & Production workforce will increase as a result of automation, but 41 per cent believe it will decrease, thus resulting in an overall negative impact of automation in the near-term. However, the IT function comes out on top, as organizations invest in digital skills, 11 per cent of employees forecasting a growth in the size of these departments, and only 2 per cent forecasting decrease.

As technology transforms organizations, skills needs are changing rapidly and companies are struggling to find the talent they need, so the value companies now place on human strengths is increasingly evident, according to ManpowerGroup's report.

More than 4 in 5 of Romanian companies surveyed say collaboration skills are their most valued soft skill, followed by communication, written and verbal, and problem solving, but finding talent with the right skills mix is a challenge: employers say organization (43 per cent), communication (42 per cent) and problem solving (40 per cent) are also the hardest skills to find in candidates. There are some variations between functions in the ranking of the most valued and hardest to find skills. Thus, 93 per cent of IT employers who forecast an increase in headcount say communication is the skill they value most, and also the skill that is hardest to find among candidates.

The ManpowerGroup report finds that automation is good news for jobseekers, if they have the right skills, but will likely be challenging to people with ubiquitous or obsolete skills. Developing the best blend of technical skills and soft skills is the solution to the Skills Revolution for individuals and employers alike, ManpowerGroup says.


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