More than a third of Aussie jobs threatened by automation: report

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-26 11:13:16|Editor: Xiaoxia
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CANBERRA, April 26 (Xinhua) -- More than a third of Australian jobs are at high risk of being automated, a report has found.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Employment Outlook report, which was released on Friday, found that 36 percent of Australian jobs are under threat from automation.

Fourteen percent of existing jobs could disappear over the next 15 years and 32 percent are likely to change radically.

It also found that Australia had one of the highest rates of casual workers, defined as workers in "short part-time jobs," among its members.

One in four Australian workers is a casual worker with no guaranteed hours, the report found.

The likelihood of non-employment for young Australians has grown from 10.5 percent in 2007 to 10.9 percent but remains below the OECD average of 13.2 percent.

"Young people with medium- and high-level education have seen increases in their probability of low-paid employment in Australia since 2006," the report said.

"The labor market experiences of many young people and of those with less than tertiary education has worsened over the past decade.

"In fact, young people with less than tertiary education have been particularly affected, with more of them being under-employed, non-employed or receiving low pay."

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition Australian Labor Party, on Wednesday promised he would change the law so that casual workers can request a permanent position after 12 months with the same company if he wins the general election on May 18.

Casual workers will also be able to challenge employers who "unreasonably refuse" at the Fair Work Commission.