Robot workers of the future

Shutterstock Shutterstock

A THIRD of all jobs in the UK could be at risk from robots, according to new research.

In 20 years’ time, it’s projected that one in three Britons – in particular those in low level, repetitive jobs – could be replaced by robots and computers.

The report by the University of Oxford and professional services firm Deloitte, reveals that 10 million jobs are at risk from huge advances in the field of technology, and the Daily Telegraph suggests that an “under-class” could be created by people who have lost their jobs to machines.

However, roles that require creativity and knowledge will be safe in the future. The research indicates that people who earn less than £30,000 per year are more at risk of being replaced by a robot than people who are on £100,000 or more a year.

Among the high-risk jobs are office and administrative support, transportation, production, and sales and services. Angus Knowles-Cutler, a senior partner at Deloitte, said: “A widening gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ is also a risk as lower skill jobs continue to disappear.”

He said that since 2001, 65 per cent of librarian jobs in the UK have disappeared, and nearly 50 per cent of secretarial jobs.

Workers in industries such as the media, healthcare, financial services and law are less likely to be replaced by machines according to the report. 

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
0 Characters
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Poll of the Week

Given the number of incidence involving drunk travellers on planes heading to/from Spain, should an alcohol limit be introduced in airports?

Latest Tweets

#Snow in parts of #Spain already! #Snowjoke
Here is a full list of the #cancelledflights in #Spain. #ryanaircancellations
#KnowYourRights on #Ryanair's flight cancellations
Follow Euro Weekly News on Twitter

Post Gallery

First two days of strike action suspended at Spain’s airports to allow 'space' for talks

‘Positive’ talks between Aena and unions but Spanish airport strikes not called off yet

Police hold Saudi royals at gunpoint in Marbella

Airport strikes in Spain loom as last-ditch talks scheduled

Juana Rivas faces prison despite handing sons over to father

EasyJet hoping new hand luggage in the hold option takes off on its flights

British couple devastated over Axarquia home demolition

How we can help tackle senior isolation

One dead in Malaga road  tunnel car crash