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Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs


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Emerging automation technologies such as the wider adoption of cashierless checkouts could displace jobs, according to a McKinsey study.

A McKinsey Global Institute analysis warns automation could displace 107 million employed women worldwide by 2030.

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A McKinsey Global Institute analysis warns automation could displace 107 million employed women worldwide by 2030, with the sexes almost equally impacted by technological innovation.

Trends could include virtual assistants taking over clerical work, broader uptake of cashierless checkouts, and artificial intelligence agents at call centers.

Clerical tasks are particularly susceptible to replacement with automation, and McKinsey estimates that women hold 72% of those jobs in advanced economies.

McKinsey also projects that 171 million new women-held jobs will arise by 2030, with the rate of expansion slightly greater for women than for men, given women's predominance in healthcare employment.

Being hired for these new jobs will require reskilling and transitioning into new occupations, which McKinsey suggests may be easier for men than for women.

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