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Is your job one of the 1.5 million at risk of automation?

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2019

Author: Robert Ward

Around 1.5 million people in England are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). These people perform tasks that could be handled by technology such as computer programs, algorithms, or even robots.

Automation will most likely occur in low-skilled occupations or those with a high level of repetitive tasks; with occupations such as waiting staff, shelf fillers and sales positions the most likely to be impacted. 70% of high risk roles are currently held by women, with part-timers and the young also at risk.

Occupations least likely to be automated include medical practitioners, higher education teaching professionals, and senior professionals in education.

“It is not so much that robots are taking over, but that routine and repetitive tasks can be carried out more quickly and efficiently by an algorithm written by a human, or a machine designed for one specific function,” the ONS said.

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