A research study says that 95% of civil service workers have jobs so pointless, they could easily be replaced by computers, software & robots, saving the government around $15 billion per year.
The problem is that public sector employee unions have bloated the civil service ranks, forcing government agencies to keep on older employees, and mandating hiring quotas for new ones. The organizational chart looks like a circuit board and there’s no incentive to streamline.
Unfortunately for civil service workers, it seems the study is just the latest in a series of research that won’t save their jobs. Oxford University and financial services provider Deloitte, both of whom commissioned their own studies concur with the conclusions. The Oxford University study said that more than 850,000 public sector jobs could fall to robots over the next few years.
Twenty percent of public-sector workers hold strategic, cognitive roles. They will use data analytics to identify patterns improving decision-making and allocating workers that are most efficient.
Healthcare, for example, can focus on the highest risk patients, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions. Police and other emergency services are already using data to predict areas of greatest risk from burglary and fire.
Government employees should probably look into opportunities presented by the “sharing economy,” like driving for Uber at least until robots replace those jobs too.