Changing Workforce / Control Systems / Industrial Robotics

China's factory owners pick robots over job-hopping workers

By the South China Morning Post

Jun 21, 2017

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Reflecting a fundamental change in China’s labour market, insufficient labour supply has become a primary concern for factory owners, according to a survey of 1,200 Chinese manufacturers.

Rising labour costs are producing a high turnover rate among factory workers. During the two years of the survey conducted by China’s Wuhan University at factories in Guangdong and Hubei provinces, as much as 26% of workers in the Pearl River Delta had changed jobs.

Coping with rising wages, factories have turned to robots or automation to improve productivity. The survey said about 40% of manufacturers in Guangdong and Hubei use automated machines for production.

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