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Introduction Before the coming of the industrial revolution the majority of jobs were in some way linked with agriculture At this time communication was solely by word of mouth or written text The industrial age bought with it demands for administration and paper work As time went on technology was used to develop machines such as the typewriter telephone and most importantly the computer We now live in an information age a society that is heavily dependant upon the storage and communication of information Employment Patterns With the introduction of computer controlled technology employment patterns have changed considerably The use of robots allows industrial processes to operate 24 hours a day whilst saving companies money by cutting down on the human workforce Some workers experience greater freedom by being able to take their work home digitally The ability to work from home saves on travel costs in some cases giving the freedom to live almost anywhere in the country Within the office the number of paper based jobs such as filing has decreased with the implementation of computer systems This allows companies to finely focus their workforce to increase productivity These changing employments may not always be welcomed by the human workforce the disadvantages of job losses and the ability to monitor the worker are examples of this For example some supermarkets can monitor the performance of their staff by monitoring the number of customers dealt with per hour Workers in call centers are often monitored in a similar way Finance I shall now address the advantages and disadvantages of information technology on a selection of areas The finance sector has been changed considerably by the use of information systems The use of cash for making transactions has reduced considerably Instead plastic cards internet and telephone banking have taken over what are the benefits of a cashless society The benefits predominantly fall into the security category The use of debit
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