Robots threatening jobs for new graduates

New graduates, especially those with bachelor’s degrees in fields not highly demanded by the labour market, are likely to face stiff competition from robots, warned Mr Thanit Sorat, vice president of Council of Thai Industrial Employers, on Tuesday.

He said the warning was based on the council’s survey of industrial operators on the use of new technology, such as robotics and automation system to replace human labour.

Most industrial operators are in favour of introducing robotics which will affect job opportunities of human labour, especially newly-graduated job-seekers.
For 2017 academic year, about 640,000 graduates, including 340,000 with bachelor’s degree and the rest with certificates, entered the labour market and most of them graduated in fields which are not wanted by the job market.

Mr Thanit warned that if this trend continues without major adjustments, more graduates will be unemployed in the future.


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