ILO says robotics won’t lead to job loss

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has dismissed fears in the outsourcing and other industries that robotic automation will led to job losses. The ILO said current trends reveal robots being deployed in a human-centric, collaborative way to raise the productivity of higher skilled workers, rather than replace them. ILO based its announcement on a new study conducted by its Bureau of Employers’ Activities, which surveys more than 4,000 enterprises and 2,700 students in the ASEAN region. The ILO report, however, recommends that workforces have to be appropriately trained with sound core skills that allow them to adapt, as well as strong technical skills to handle new technologies and work effectively alongside digitalized machines.