Survey: AI integration won't lead to massive layoffs in Czechia

A new survey reveals that the majority of Czech companies either use AI or have plans to, and don’t anticipate significant job cuts.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 19.10.2023 14:17:00 (updated on 20.10.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

A new study by the Czech branch of the human resources management company Randstad reveals that incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into Czech business operations will not lead to extensive job reductions. The report indicates that more than a third of Czech businesses already use AI, and an additional 30 percent intend to implement it soon.

Creating jobs, rather than cutting them

Of the companies surveyed, 90 percent believe that AI will replace certain jobs while simultaneously creating new ones, resulting in no noteworthy difference in staff numbers. Only 8 percent of respondents anticipate “significant layoffs” due to implementation. Randstad points out that the introduction of AI primarily trims administrative and production staff.

“Artificial intelligence is becoming an essential component of the business environment. Companies that have already adopted or plan to adopt AI recognize its immense potential. Currently, the most significant advantage of it lies in streamlining work processes, facilitating quicker data processing and analysis, more accurate forecasts, and improved labor productivity," says CEO of Randstad Czech Republic Martin Jánský.

AI IN CZECH BUSINESS: FAST FACTS

  • The human resources and personnel-management sector reports using AI the most often, with 64 percent of companies utilizing the technology
  • Just 15 percent of customer service firms report using AI
  • Over 30 percent of tourism jobs are under threat from AI
  • One-third of all businesses are uncertain about AI; they are “considering” using it

    Sources: Randstat CZ, South Bohemia Tourism Center

Caution still very much remains

The survey also highlights several challenges to the widespread adoption of AI. These include employee skepticism regarding the benefits of AI and a scarcity of qualified personnel capable of working properly with the technology. 

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A survey conducted earlier this year by Charles University and Ipsos showed that six out of 10 Czechs would endorse a six-month pause in the development of generative AI software, including models like ChatGPT.

The survey focused mainly on artificial intelligence in the media. Approximately 40 percent of the Czech population indicated that they interact with AI on a daily basis, with individuals most frequently recognizing AI in products related to human health, such as fitness trackers, and during online shopping.

Ensuring AI is sustainably used

Jánský emphasizes the importance of providing training and retraining opportunities to address this issue, which, if left unaddressed, could become a significant problem – not only in terms of competitiveness but also due to potential security risks.

During its presidency of the Council of the EU, Czechia helped create the EU’s first piece of legislation that would broadly regulate the use of AI in companies and prevent its misuse.

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