Nearshore Americas

The robots are coming!

You can’t get away from the fact that automation is the way of the future. A recent McKinsey forecast put the number of workers to be replaced by automated technologies by 2025 at 250 million. In fact, recent reports point to increased automation across professions, from lawyers and doctors to accountants and manufacturing workers. Without sounding alarmist, that means that the world of work is going to change and it is likely to have significant impact on nearshoring to Latin America. Luckily, Latin America has a history of investing in the kind of education and labor development that translates into demand. So the pressure is now on for LatAm to meet the challenge and start robot-proofing their labor pool. Tier 1 work may be in short supply in the future, but high-end value-added IT services don’t need automation; they need highly skilled talent that can deal with the evolving demands of the industry.

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Bianca Wright

Nearshore Americas Contributing Editor Bianca Wright has been published in a variety of magazines and online publications in the UK, the US and South Africa, including Global Telecoms Business,, SA Computer Magazine, M-Business,, Business Start-ups, Cosmopolitan and ComputorEdge. She holds a MPhil degree in Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch and a DPhil in Media Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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