Problem

Downgrading of jobs due to computerization

Nature:

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.

Incidence:

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.

Values:
Downgrading
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
15.09.2019 – 19:37 CEST