Do you think significant parts of your job could be automated/done by a robot?

The robots are coming!

But should we be afraid? Can they really do our jobs better than we can?

Or is this scenario purely fantasy?  Something we’ve seen in a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster and assumed will really happen?


The retail industry is predominantly the first glance of automation that we’ve been privy to in our everyday lives. With self-checkouts popping up everywhere from Woolworth’s to McDonald’s, we’ve now even seen Amazon debut a store in downtown Seattle without a checkout, purely reliant on the customer’s smartphone.

But is this going to be apparent in all industries?

According to the McKinsey Global Institute,  it’s going to be pretty significant!

A recent study of 46 countries and 800 occupations found that one-fifth of the global workforce will be affected by ‘Robot Automation’ by 2030. The study found that jobs requiring human interaction such as lawyers, bartenders, doctors and teachers were less likely to be prone to automation, with machine operators and food workers being hit the hardest.

But can these robots or automated machines really do our jobs better than we can? Can we actually be completely erased and replaced? And do we think it will actually happen?

In true LiveHire fashion, we took this question to the Australian workers and asked:

“Do you think significant parts of your job could be automated/done by a robot?”

Our results revealed that only 25% of Australian workers said yes, they believe significant parts of their job could be automated or done by robot! Leaving a massive 75% to believe that significant parts of their job could not be automated or done by a robot.

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Do you think our results are accurate? Do you think that significant parts of your job could be automated or done by a robot? Start the discussion in the comment section below!


At LiveHire, we work with the media to generate Australian worker based surveys on request. If you’re interested in sourcing or citing LiveHire for a past, present, or future surveys, please contact us at PR@Livehire.com . Check out the results of our previous survey ‘Do you think technology is improving your job?’ here. Or find out more about LiveHire by visiting here.

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