With around 1.8 million industrial robots, the number of robots has reached a new record in factories around the world. Workers rate positively that “colleague robots” can take over work that is detrimental to health or handle hazardous materials positively. However, employees are worried about how their own training can keep up with the pace.
These are the findings of the Automatica Trend Index 2018. 7,000 employees in the USA, Asia and Europe in a representative survey of the population were interviewed by a market research institute on behalf of Automatica, the European trade fair for robotics and automation.
This new collaboration with robots is regarded by the majority of all seven countries (average 68%) as an opportunity to master higher-skilled work. Particularly in China (86%) and in the USA (74%), people expect that robotics automation will provide added impetus to further their vocational training.
The number of higher-skilled and better paid jobs will rise in the future with the new human-robot teams – according to about half the survey respondents in Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Japan.
In China and the United States, as many as 80% of workers presume this will be the case.