AI technology will disproportionately replace jobs typically held by women, according to the HR analytics firm Revelio Labs. Its study, conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, showed that artificial intelligence is “aggravating gender disparity” as companies consider cutting staff in favor of using AI technology.
According to Revelio, the jobs most likely to be replaced are those that require repetitive tasks, which are usually held by women.
“The distribution of genders across occupations reflects the biases deeply rooted in our society, with women often being confined to roles such as administrative assistants and secretaries,” said Hakki Ozdenoren, economist at Revelio Labs. “Consequently, the impact of AI becomes skewed along gender lines.”
Reduction in Hiring
While many have said AI won’t replace people’s jobs, it is becoming clear that won’t be entirely true. In fact, the CEO of IBM recently told Bloomberg that he believes 30% of “back office” jobs will be replaced by AI in the next five years.
However, that doesn’t mean that other workers have nothing to worry about. The study showed that generative AI may impact high-wage occupations more than non-traditional manufacturing jobs, meaning many such positions may become fair game as technology expands. Insider reported that in the future other fields such as finance, technology and coding, analyst and accounting jobs could be at risk.
In addition, nearly half (47%) of today’s business leaders and decision-makers say they are considering opting for AI tools as a replacement for hiring new employees, a study by Tech.co revealed. Only around 53% of that survey’s respondents said that they would not consider it, a small majority. The same survey found leaders believe that, on average, more than a quarter of their current workload could be completed by using ChatGPT or similar tools.