Work and automation

Jul 18, 2017

Q. Which statement best represents your current situation? (In these statements, “automation” means the use of machines and technology to replace human processes). 

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
My job has already been replaced by automation 3%   5% 2% 5% 3% 2%
My job has been significantly changed my automation 9%   11% 7% 12% 8% 5%
I expect my job to be replaced by automation in the next five years 11%   12% 10% 17% 9% 4%
I don’t think my job will be replaced by automation in the foreseeable future 59%   56% 61% 53% 64% 58%
Don’t know 18%   16% 20% 14% 16% 30%

(Based on those working)

59% of working respondents don’t think their job will be replaced by automation in the foreseeable future. 3% say that have already been replaced by automation, 9% say their job has significantly changed and 11% expect their job to be replaced by automation. 53% of those aged 18-34 don’t think their job will be replaced by automation compared to 64% of those aged 35-54.

 

Increasing Productivity

Jul 30, 2012

Q. Which of the following would be the most effective way to increase productivity in Australian workplaces?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Full time workers

Part time workers

More flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers

21%

18%

28%

12%

23%

12%

More input from workers into how businesses are managed

17%

19%

13%

25%

15%

29%

Invest more in skills and education

35%

40%

29%

42%

35%

30%

Invest more in technology and innovation

8%

11%

8%

9%

8%

7%

Stop Government assistance to industries so that they are forced to be productive or close

10%

5%

15%

8%

11%

12%

Don’t know

9%

7%

7%

4%

8%

10%

35% think investing more in skills and education is the most effective way to increase productivity, 21% favour more flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers and 17% nominated more input from workers into how businesses are managed.

40% of Labor voters and 42% of Greens voters favour investing in skills and education while 28% of Liberal/National voters favour more flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers.

25% of Greens voters and 29% of part-time workers favoured more input from workers into how businesses are managed.

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