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Watch out: 36% of Aussie jobs will be obsolete by 2040

Jessica Yun
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(Photo: Getty)

You might not be thinking of job hunting right now, but you might want to consider looking in the not-too-distant future.

According to the OECD’s latest Employment Outlook, 14 per cent of jobs that exist now will disappear in 15 to 20 years, with another 32 per cent to change “radically”, bringing the OECD average to 46 per cent worldwide.

On the home front, this figure is lower. About 36 per cent of jobs in Australia face a significant or high risk of automation, the report said.

This means Aussies can’t afford to be complacent in their current roles, and that a sizeable number of adults will need to upskill.

Who is most at risk?

Australia has some of the highest percentages of short or part-time jobs in the world at 13 per cent, with a quarter of the workforce working as casuals.

Not all groups are made equal: young people with less than tertiary education have already been “particularly affected”, while women are at risk.

The probability of well-educated young people going into low-paid jobs has risen since 2006, the OECD report noted.

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