Where are the women in RPA?
Is RPA Killing Women’s Jobs?
Where Are All the Women in Robotic Process Automation?
Complicated issues – and I am not qualified to answer either them.
Not as a woman, not as a technologist, not as a psychologist, not as an anything.
But here’s what I’ve been observing.
We launched The RPA Academy 4 weeks ago and the feedback is reassuringly excellent.
Certainly there is huge demand for education and knowledge on the business issues around RPA and for training on the platforms.
It is funny that we all talk about “big data” but I wonder how many business owners really study their Google Analytics.
I have to force myself to look at it, but it constantly surprises me:
- It showed up the huge relative demand for RPA skills and knowledge in Australia and Canada.
- It showed up the amazingly relatively low uptake in RPA interest in the US, certainly compared to other smaller countries.
But most staggering is the huge disparity between the sexes!
Just look at the stats.
This is exactly what our Google Analytics is showing after 4 weeks of being live. And this is from thousands of visits!
76.6% of all visits come from men.
And our classes are more than 90% male.
You can rehash lots of discussion about why women don’t like technology and rattle off a load of well-worn facts and less-valid opinions.
But, the real concern is that I would guess – pure guess – that most of the jobs being impacted by RPA are actually being performed by women.
That applies as much to the impacted jobs in the US and UK as it does to impacted jobs in India.
This creates real issues.
For years lower level jobs provided additional income for women (and men, too, obviously) at various stages in their career, balancing life and family requirements with earning requirements.
Maybe it was less challenging work, but certainly fulfilling a supply and demand from workers and employees.
- So if those jobs disappear because of RPA, what happens to those employees?
- And if women are not picking up the RPA skills and knowledge, what does that mean for their future?
If our Google Analytics tells the right story, there is an emerging issue that we really need to be thinking about, before it gets too late.
All I can say is what I am seeing.
Does anyone have any other perspectives?
Edward is the founder of The RPA Academy. For live, online courses and classes in Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, and the business issues around RPA go to www.TheRPAAcademy.com