Internet eats up jobs – no, not Steve Jobs

The internet may be swiping jobs from under our nose, but according to research it’s also creating many more.

That’s the latest claims from global management consultancy McKinsey, which in its report  said that the internet is a catalyst for generating jobs.

It said that amongst the 4,800 small and midsize companies surveyed, it found that the internet had created 2.6 jobs for each one lost to technology-related efficiencies. This was specifically for jobs directly linked to the internet, such as software engineers and online marketers as well as more traditional jobs such as the logistics to deliver online purchases.

However, the research has been rubbished by recruitment specialists who have pointed out that although this may be the case in the future, the jobs the net has currently swiped have been from people who don’t have the necessary qualifications, or inclination to re-train for a job that needs the internet.

“While it’s fair to say that the internet has created jobs, I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it it replaces the jobs it has taken away,” he told TechEye.

“Let’s think about this logically. Many of the manpower jobs that have been replaced by the internet were done by people who had minimal qualifications, sometimes an older generation.

“To work in the internet world you need a programming background, which needs studying, which many of these people won’t have or won’t want to go back to learn.

“Perhaps the report might be true in the future as now’s generation is undertaking studies such as coding, programming, graphics and software designs, meaning they’ll more than likely be able to work on internet based jobs.”

Back to the report- which we’re taking with a pinch of salt – it seems the French have been hit the hardest, before being blessed on the job front. The research claiming that while the internet has destroyed 500,000 jobs over the past 15 years, it has created 1.2 million other jobs.

And when it’s not playing job centre, the internet is also the banker,  with the report finding that of the 13 countries included in the report, the internet has contributed 3.4 percent of global spend,  bringing in more than agriculture, energy and other better established industries.