Millions of South Korean workers face AI replacement – research

Workers with higher incomes and education are more at risk, Bank of Korea paper says

Bank of Korea, Seoul

Around 3.4 million workers in South Korea could lose their jobs to artificial intelligence, according to research published by the country’s central bank. 

About 12% of the workforce are at high risk of losing their jobs, Han Ji-woo and Oh Sam-il say in the Bank of Korea paper. In their study, Han and Oh estimated the level of exposure of various occupations to AI, based on a method developed by Michael Webb. 

Roles most exposed to AI replacement include chemical engineers, power plant operators

Only users who have a paid subscription or are part of a corporate subscription are able to print or copy content.

To access these options, along with all other subscription benefits, please contact or view our subscription options here:

You are currently unable to copy this content. Please contact to find out more.

Sorry, our subscription options are not loading right now

Please try again later. Get in touch with our customer services team if this issue persists.

New to Central Banking? View our subscription options

Register for Central Banking

All fields are mandatory unless otherwise highlighted

This address will be used to create your account

You need to sign in to use this feature. If you don’t have a Central Banking account, please register for a trial.

Sign in
You are currently on corporate access.

To use this feature you will need an individual account. If you have one already please sign in.

Sign in.

Alternatively you can request an individual account