Blog - Why robots are creating more jobs

Nicole Janssen
– Updated
Dec 17, 2015

‘Robots are taking our jobs!’ - It is an often heard statement when discussing about production automation. Yes, the examples of robots replacing manual work are obvious and due to the global economic outlook, people are (understandably) anxious about getting replaced by a machine. But, should they be? No, because the opposite is true.

Robots are creating more jobs

Four reasons why robots are creating jobs

Based on IFR research (find a PDF download at bottom of page). 

According to a 2013 study on behalf of the IFR, unemployment rates are much lower in countries where more industrial robots are installed. Until today, over 10 million jobs were created due to industrial robotics. If we look to the future (until 2020), robotics are expected to create up to 3 million jobs worldwide. This is more than 1000 new jobs per day! It seems a contradiction, but it is not. Here we give the four main reasons why the implementation of industrial robots leads to more jobs:

1. Robots make companies more competitive

Robots improve efficiency and competitiveness within a company. This is the most direct effect of investing in production automation. Robots work faster, more consistent and more precisely, which results in productivity gains. By relying on automation, manufacturing companies are able to compete on a global market, expand their business and create jobs.

2. Robots give room for skilled and safer work

Often, robots eliminate the jobs that people don’t really want to or should do. This allows companies to allocate their people for better, higher-skilled and safer jobs. Think of overseeing the robot line, programming and maintaining it. Instead of sitting down for endless repetitive tasks, workers can be much more productive in higher-skilled positions, adding more value.

3. Robots speed up a country's economy

Robots can have a knock-on effect on communities, the industry and a country’s economy as a whole. Consider for example the automotive industry, which created thousands of jobs when a ‘new’ industry took off with robotics and production automation. A high productivity of a country can also improve its social and health system, having a positive effect on jobs and employment rates.

4. Robots create new types of work

Robots create new industries that will result in new jobs. The robot industry itself already created 300,000 jobs. On top of that, new high-tech industries are emerging thanks to a range of new automation and production opportunities. Innovation-driven industries are known to have substantial positive effects on a country’s economy.

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Research report (PDF): ‘Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment’ (2013) by International Federation of Robotics (IFR)

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