The Chief Human Resources Officer of Deutsche Telekom has said that jobs will be “destroyed” as the world becomes more digital.

Christian P. Illek made the forthright comments in an article that set out to discuss the dangers of people becoming marginalized from a future in which digital skills are a prerequisite for getting on in life.

While he believes that digitalization offers “enormous prospects for making the working world a more human place”, Illek said that there was a need to create an infrastructure that “empowers people to play an active role” in creating it.

Illek called out the educational and political establishments to do more to help.

Pointedly, however, he did not say what telcos should do.

In common with other telcos, DT is keen to talk up a future in which everything is connected and processes become ever more digitally-based.

[Read more: Telefónica looks for new lease of life with “100% digital” strategy]

According to the executive, it is “clear” that a digital future is “not to be had for nothing”.

He went on: To be honest, digitalization will also destroy jobs.

“Most at risk are people with low levels of education and activities that can be easily replaced by machinery or technology.

“Of course, new types of work will arise.

“But if we do not enable people to enter the digital era, a substantial gap will open up – with correspondingly negative repercussions for the state and society.”

DT and its peers are providing much of the infrastructure for this digital future but are not immune to its effects themselves.

The move towards virtual networks and services, for example, is set to hit jobs at operators.

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