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Automation to take away 40% existing jobs in next 5 yrs: PepsiCo India CEO

Shivakumar Dega said jobs that are repetitive will be taken over by technology in the coming years

Sahil Makkar  |  New Delhi 

WEF India, WEF, World Economic Forum, Dharmendra Pradhan, Pradhan
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Indian industry experts predict that will take away over half the that are repetitive and don’t add value in the next five years.

“We have to create and skilling is one route and there are other routes as well. Today is impacting anything which is a standardised job. A job that is repetitive and doesn’t add any value is being taken over by technology,” said Shivakumar Dega, chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Region, PepsiCo Holdings Pvt. Ltd.

He was speaking during a panel discussion at Economic Summit, organised by the (WEF), on collective action towards re-skilling in New Delhi.

“Around 40 per cent of current in will not exist in the next five years. We have two challenges of - one is and second is underemployment. Too many people are involved in doing the same job. This is because skills are low,” Dega said. 

He went on to say that around 72 per cent of India’s is employed in companies that have a staff strength of below 20 people. Another 83 per cent workers are self-employed, casual and contract workers. 

“The kind of that will last in future are creative, people-led and social. These are the that can’t take away,” he said, giving an example of his company that has stopped sales forecast accuracy through people. Dega said the forecast was being done through machines and the results were 700 basis point better than the best minds in his company.
He added that his company has not spent a single rupee on headhunting for talent acquisition. It was being done through the social applications and references.

Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship admitted to the reality of automation, innovation and mechanisation taking over formal in the next few years but insisted that such challenges have existed in for centuries. said needs to adopt best practices of skilling world-over and there has to be some clarity about India’s “education system.”

“We have to create an ecosystem of respective living, which is technology-savvy, transparent, sensitive and responsive,” said Pradhan, who recently took over India’s skill ministry a month back as an additional responsibility.

Sreenath AV, senior vice-president at Limited, said reskilling of the employees “is the order of the day in IT company like

“The company has put in a concentrated effort in the past two to three years about cross-training of current and future employees. Close to 60,000 employees in the past 12 to 18 months have been made future-ready after being provided with new training, certification, making them new and certain projects,” Sreenath said.

First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 01:08 IST