The relentless march of progress could lead to up to a third of Brits losing their jobs to ROBOTS by the 2030s. Robo-workers could cause employment for regular humans to disappear over the next decade. That’s the warning coming from a new scientific study by PwC.
However, the same study also believes that development of artificial intelligence could actually boost job prospects by generating more production. The analysis from PwC did find that the UK faced less of a threat from automation from some other countries. The United States, Germany and Japan are all seen as being more at threat from robotic workers than Blighty.
Jobs in transportation and storage, manufacturing and retail are most likely to be automated, while the lowest risks are in education, health and social work, the report said. John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC, said: “A key driver of our industry-level estimates is the fact that manual and routine tasks are more susceptible to automation, while social skills are relatively less automatable.
“That said, no industry is entirely immune from future advances in robotics and AI.”
Automating more manual and repetitive tasks will eliminate some existing jobs, but could also enable some workers to focus on higher value, more rewarding and creative work, removing the monotony from our day jobs.
“By boosting productivity, a key UK weakness over the past decade, and so generating wealth, advances in robotics and AI should also create additional jobs in less automatable parts of the economy as this extra wealth is spent or invested. The UK employment rate is at its highest level now since comparable records began in 1971, despite all the advances in digital and other labour-saving technologies we have seen since. It is not clear that the future will be radically different from the past in terms of how automation will affect overall UK employment rates.” Hawksworth said.
Employment Minister Damian Hinds said: “We have a resilient and diverse labour market in the UK, demonstrated by the latest record-breaking figures showing more people in work than ever before.
“Whether it’s in cyberspace or on the shop floor, advances in technology bring new jobs. It’s only right that we embrace these opportunities, support new skills and help more people get into employment to secure a workforce of the future.”