Shuvalov predicted a shorter working week for white collar workers

The development of technology will help to reduce the workweek, said first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov. His prognosis he shared at the Astana economic forum.


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Shuvalov does not share the view of the pessimists, who see a threat in modern technologies. We are talking about the risks of mass unemployment and social inequality. “The most gloomy forecasts say about the inevitability of the revolt of machines against humanity according to the script of “Terminator”,” – said the first Deputy Chairman of the government, reports RIA Novosti.

The official believes that due to the productivity growth associated with the development of technology, the unemployment rate need not increase. More likely that will decrease the duration of the working week. And, according to Shuvalov, it will affect not only workers, but also “white collar” (office workers – approx.) who often live in conditions of the irregular schedule.

“The natural consequence of these processes is increasing the role of intellectual capital, increase the amount of free time will be increased attention to own development, the growth of demand for services of education and health”, – quotes the first Deputy Prime Minister “Interfax”.

Earlier, the Minister of labour and social development Maxim Topilin has prophesied that in a short time working day for the Russians will be reduced from the usual 8 hours to at least six or even two. According to the Minister, in the twentieth century the standard mode 40-hour work week is obsolete.

In turn, the first Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov said on the sidelines of the St Petersburg economic forum that Friday after 15 years in Russia will be a day off. According to him, three days off will allow to develop new sectors of the economy.

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