German Employee Survey

Technological Advances and Labor Market in Germany

A recent study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Foundation involving 1.500 employees in Germany shows that 78 percent of respondees have felt the effects of technological advances at their place of work, but that only half of them had been prepared for it by the company they worked for. Almost 50 percent have experienced job cuts in their direct working vicinity, but 80 percent do not feel threatened themselves. The I4J-participants generally saw the survey results optimistically, with the consensus being that both sides - companies and employees - profited equally from innovation.

You can download the detailed results here.


Juliane Landmann
Juliane Landmann
Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung







Further Reading on Innovation and Jobs

A collection of "i4j White papers" written for the first i4j International Summit on Innovation for Jobs in Menlo Park, 18-19 March 2013

The Consequences of Machine Intelligence
By Moshe Y. Vardi
If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?

Need a job? Invent It
An op-ed by NYT columnist Thomas L. Friedman about Tony Wagner's book: "Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World"

A Capitalist's Dilemma, Whoever Wins on Tuesday
By Clayton M. Christensen
"Efficiency innovations often add workers with yesterday's skills to the ranks of the unemployed. Empowering innovations, in turn, often change the nature of jobs - creating jobs that can't be filled."

I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave
Mac McClelland about her experience as an employee of an online-shipping warehouse in Ohio

How these college dropouts beat Harvard grads in competition for jobs
By Chritina Farr, venturebeat
Apprenticeships as an alternative to college education to raise the next generation of entrepreneurs?

Gartner Says Smart Machines Will Have Widespread and Deep Business Impact Through 2020
Press release on Gartner's Special Report "Surviving the Rise of 'Smart Machines,' the Loss of 'Dream Jobs' and '90% Unemployment.''

Policies for Seed and Early Stage Finance
Recent Working Paper from OECD

Responsible Research and Innovation, Science and Technology Recent Eurobarometer Survey from EU Commission

A Polarising Crisis? The changing shape of the UK and US labour markets from 2008 to 2012
By ResolutionFoundation

The Role of Data in Promoting Growth and Well-Being
Report by OECD

No, artificial intelligence isn't going to take all of our jobs
Article in the Washington Post by Timothy B. Lee

The Robot Invasion
By Rick Wartzman on The American Prospect

The 10 Stealth Economic Trends That Rule the World Today
By Noah Smith on The Atlantic

Is U.S. Economic Growth Over? Faltering Innovation Confronts the Six Headwinds
NBER Working Paper by Robert J. Gordon

Germany's Model Stresses Execution over Innovation
By Ben Rooney in Wall Street Journal