A recent survey by Randstad Canada, the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR services, reveals 61 percent of Canadian women see themselves as risk-takers and innovators in the workplace. At the same time, they expect employers to do more to support their growth as technology transforms the workplace. Randstad surveyed Canadian women to understand their perspectives on workplace innovation, job security and the skills they will need to thrive in the next decade of their careers.
Thirty percent of employed women across all sectors expect they will lose their jobs within the decade due to advances in technology, such as automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Women employed in in the manufacturing sector feel the greatest vulnerability: 62 percent believe their industry bears the greatest risk of job losses due to advances in technology in the next decade. This concern is echoed by 29 per cent of women working in IT and 24 per cent of women working in retail. Those employed in education, healthcare, and engineering and construction view their industries as stable by comparison.
Despite job security concerns in all industries, more than half the employed women surveyed (54 per cent) are not currently doing anything to protect their careers from being negatively impacted by technology. In contrast, when Randstad surveyed women who are currently studying, nearly half of them (48 percent) report they’re specializing in a field that will prepare them for technological disruption in the workplace.