Robots are entering the jobs market, taking over the world’s most important job.
A study released Monday by the Boston Consulting Group found robots have replaced the human workforce in virtually every industry from manufacturing to hospitality.
The report, based on a survey of over 5,000 U.S. workers, found that robots have accounted for more than half of the jobs lost to humans in every industry except hospitality.
“Robots are taking over jobs that humans were once responsible for,” said Robert Rector, the group’s senior vice president of global employment and workforce solutions.
“That is an enormous change and one that we need to prepare for and address now, to ensure that we’re not missing out on jobs that we could be doing.”
The report found that the percentage of workers that work for robots in industries that were once predominantly staffed by humans dropped from 61 percent in 2015 to 54 percent in 2017.
“In 2017, robots were taking in 1 in 6 jobs in the U.K., compared with 1 in 3 in 2016,” said Chris Gray, the report’s lead author.
“If you’re in the hospitality industry, the numbers are even worse.”
The study also found that in 2017, nearly half of U.N. workers surveyed had worked in an office or cubicle without a human on site.
“It is not just a question of robots stealing jobs,” Rector said.
“These are also the same workers that are already taking on the role of cleaners and housekeepers.”
The jobs of people in the field of hospitality are typically not as well-paying as those in other industries, said Gray.
The study said that a typical person working in a cubicle could earn $14 an hour, compared with $17 in the industry as a whole.
The average hourly wage for an employee in a restaurant is about $22.
“The big question is, are we going to have enough people to fill the jobs?,” Gray said.
The U.P.A. and the UBS economists said the trend is accelerating.
“We see the trend accelerating.
The economy is growing faster than ever before, and we are seeing more jobs being created,” Rucker said.
But the pace of job creation is not uniform, with many industries losing jobs as automation replaces humans.
“While it is possible that automation is creating jobs in industries where human workers are the primary source of supply, it is also possible that it is displacing human workers in the manufacturing, hospitality and hospitality service sectors,” Ruggles said.
A 2016 report by the New York City Department of Labor found that fewer than 1 in 10 jobs in retail, construction and food service were filled by humans in those industries.
A separate report by McKinsey & Co. found that only 4 percent of the 2.1 million jobs in transportation and warehousing were filled in 2016.
Gray said it is likely that a lot of these job losses are concentrated in the food service sector, which is where automation is most pronounced.
The number of jobs that are filled by robots and other artificial intelligence systems in food service has more than doubled in the past five years, he said.
In 2016, the industry employed more than 1.2 million people, and now has 1.8 million, according to the New England Association of Grocers.
The growth in foodservice jobs is partly the result of technology being used to automate more tasks and to help people do things like scan food and prepare food faster.
“There is a real need for humans in this industry,” Rigger said.
Robots will also be replacing human workers at a faster rate in manufacturing.
“Automation is accelerating at the fastest rate we’ve seen,” said Michael Zeman, a senior vice President at consulting firm KPMG.
“With the growth of robotics, the automation is coming at us faster than we can adapt.”