SCB research centre predicts 650,000 jobs taken over by robots in the next 12 years

About 650,000 jobs in automotive, food processing and electronic industries are like to be taken over by robots and intelligence robots in the next 12 years, according to a forecast of the Business and Economic Research Centre of Siam Commercial Bank.

The research centre said that although investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) would steadily increase in the coming years, the number of unemployed would increasingly grow due to the introduction of automation system and intelligence robotics.

Mr Vitharn Charoenphol

Mr Vitharn Charoenphol, senior director of the service business cluster of SCB’s research centre, predicted that, in the production sector, more automation system and intelligence robots would be brought in to replace human beings, especially in automotive, food processing and electronic industries.

He said that as many as 650,000 jobs or 15 percent of the jobs currently held by human beings would be lost and replaced by robots and automation system in the next 12 years.

The research centre noted that, in the past five years, the number of intelligence robots or IRs has increased by more than 20 percent to about 13,500.

But Mr Khanit Saengsuphan, secretary-general of the EEC committee, thought otherwise, saying that industries in the EEC are short of 50,000 blue collar personnel.

But he pointed out that the use of automation system and robots would fill up the employment gap caused by labour shortage.