Will your job be done by a robot? Many great works of literature over the years have made premonitions of a dystopian ilk that machine would inherit the earth. Now, according to a new report from Deloitte it would seem as if the chance of robot overlords moving in and taking over our jobs is closer to reality than any of us imagined.
In a report which has been produced in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Engineering and Science at the University of Oxford, Deloitte report that over the next two decades as many as 35% of jobs in the UK are at risk from being replaced by mechanical counterparts due to the ever increasing advances in technology. Those in London are particularly targeted as report claims that 30% of those jobs set to disappear are in the capital.
Will Your Job Be Done By a Robot in The future?
So which are the jobs most at risk? The report predicts that it is those which fall into the categories of low paid and low skilled. It reckons that those people who earn less than £30k a year are five times more at risk that seeing themselves replaced by machines that those who are earning £100k. The risk is also 8 times higher in the bigger cities, meaning that once again those working in London have more to worry about than it other parts of the UK.
It isn’t all doom and gloom for Londoners however as there are less manufacturing jobs here than in other areas and it also boasts more sectors which call for creative flair and complex skills. These are two things that machines and robots cannot easily mimic, so they seem to be relatively safe at present.
If you look at the bigger picture there have already been vast shifts made in the jobs market thanks to technology. There are 40% less secretaries, librarians, travel agents and sales related positions than there were in 2001. On the other hand a whole host of new careers have emerged that didn’t exist a few years ago. The fast growing new job titles, on a global scale, are social media intern, data scientist and Zumba instructor.
High risk jobs
The high risk jobs fall into the categories of sales and services, administrative and office support, transportation, production and construction and extraction. Those which have been classified as low or zero risk are financial services, skilled management, computing, science and engineering, education, community services, legal services, healthcare and the arts and media.
While many reading this will be mortified, the truth is that the replacement of people with technology in the name of progress is somewhat inevitable. It’s not as if it’s anything new either. You just need to look at a modern factory compared to only a few decades ago. Production line which used by manned by personnel is now more likely to have machinery in the place of up to a dozen staff and have one person overseeing the machines.
So should we all start panicking and rushing to learn new skills in order to avoid being replaced by a machine? Well not really comments Mike Scotney from Applause IT “This report can caused quite a furore in the press but it is really nothing new. Those who are in the sectors cited to be most at risk are more than likely already aware that they could be replaced at some point. Travel agents knew this the moment online booking systems arrived and while having more strings to your professional bow is certainly a good thing we are certainly a long way from an iRobot scenario”