37% of white-collar workers consider AI 'a threat to jobs'

Writer:   |  Editor: Liu Minxia  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2023-02-23

Some 37.4% of the white-collar workers in Shenzhen believe that their jobs have been partially or are most likely to be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT, DT News reported yesterday, quoting a report released by recruitment platform zhaopin.com.

When asked how they are going to deal with the impact of digital tools, 48% of the white-collar workers surveyed said they would “learn digital skills and make AI work for me,” while nearly 83% of the respondents said they are willing to cope with the impact through learning, according to the spring survey on job-hopping in Shenzhen.

Spring is traditionally the peak season for job-hopping in China, as workers explore new job possibilities after the Spring Festival holiday.

As businesses continue to revive following China’s optimization of its COVID-19 control policies, people are more active in seeking new opportunities in the job market. The report showed that the career confidence index of white-collar workers in Shenzhen has risen to 3.83, compared with 3.71 in spring last year, ranking seventh in China. Nearly 70% of the white-collar workers in Shenzhen said they are very confident or confident about their careers this year, up from 61.6% a year earlier.

The report said 61.3% of Shenzhen’s white-collar workers “have updated their resumes and are in the process of looking for new job opportunities.” Last year, the figure stood at 56.8%.

Salary was still the primary factor for white-collar workers to change jobs, with 57.5% of them indicating dissatisfaction with their current salary packages. Limited scope for personal advancement, their employer’s poor prospects and unsatisfactory welfare benefits were also key concerns that caused white-collar workers to quit their jobs and seek new opportunities.

So far this year, the proportion of white-collar workers in Shenzhen who switched jobs due to “superior-subordinate relationship” or “collegial relationship” was 19.1%, down from 25.9% last year, reflecting the fact that interpersonal communication had less impact on white-collar workers’ job switches.