Picture the scene: you’re in the middle of hiring for a role in your HR department. At the interview stage, some bright young candidate takes a seat. You ask the classic question, “So why should I hire you?”
Earlier today, I had the honour of delivering the final presentation at the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)'s latest London Regional Roundtable - this time round, actually, a joint effort with the wonderful folks at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), which also comprised the ACTE London Corporate Travel Procurement Forum.
Robots hit the headlines over many national and industry outlets this week. The clincher statistic, as reported by Bloomberg, The Times, and most of the international press, is that over five million jobs will be lost by 2020 as a result of developments in artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological change. So are the robots going to be taking away your jobs? Firstly, the 5,000,000 job loss statistic is taken from a survey of 15 economies covering about 1.9 billion workers, or about 65 per cent of the world’s total workforce.