Downgrading of jobs due to computerization


Large numbers of office workers have been affected by computerization. A few move up to prestigious jobs as programmers or operators, but most are forced to move to totally new jobs, often at new locations, where they are given 'de-skilled' jobs; many people accept this frustration rather than being without employment.


In the UK, a 1983 study revealed a trend whereby women are entering jobs formerly held by men, such as printing, garment-cutting, mail sorting and to a certain extent computer programming. However, in every case, this has been due to the deskilling and downgrading of the job and the substitution of electronic equipment for personal judgement.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST