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Research and Briefings

The Twin Threats of Automation and Aging


Societal aging and workplace automation are rapidly and fundamentally transforming today’s workplace.

The Twin Threats of Aging and Automation produced by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Global Risk Center, examines and quantifies the risks of rapid societal aging, and of older workers’ susceptibility to automation in fifteen major markets.

Insights from this report will be of particular interest to companies with high concentrations of repetitive manual work at high risk of automation. Some examples of applicable industries include manufacturing, retail, transportation, construction, healthcare, hospitality, and government. 

The report found that Canada and Australia have the lowest rates of aging and the lowest risk scores. The risks are particularly pronounced across Asia, as well as in parts of Europe such as Germany and Italy.