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Automation, Computerisation and Future Employment in Singapore

Lee, King Fuei (2016): Automation, Computerisation and Future Employment in Singapore. Forthcoming in: Journal of Southeast Asian Economies , Vol. 34, No. 2 (August 2017)

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Digitalization is expected to radically change the prospects of the types of occupations that will be needed in the future. This research note examines the susceptibility of jobs to computerization and automation in Singapore by drawing on the methodology and initial data in Frey and Osborne (2013). We find that about one-quarter of Singaporean employment is at high risk of computerization. This places the country as having one of the lowest proportions of jobs under high risk internationally. Within this high-risk category of workers, a significant number of them have non-tertiary educational qualifications and tend to be older adults, making them less likely to be re-employed if they lose their jobs.

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