Is the UK ready for the automation of jobs?

Jun 7, 2018 · uktech.news

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Guest post for UKTN from Stephen Quinn, CEO and co-founder of Jobbio.

When we think of the future of work we often imagine a far-off time where our colleagues are robots, our workspaces are virtual and our jobs are almost unrecognisable. The reality, however, is the future of work is already upon us with evolving tech having a transformative effect on the ways we work, how we’re organised, how we communicate and ultimately, what it means to be employed.

It is undeniable that change is coming at an unprecedented scale. Although we don’t know exactly the greatness of the impact it will have on our society as a whole, the shift to automation is something companies need to be ready for.

Data by the consultancy firm PwC showed that more than 10 million workers in the UK are at high risk of being replaced by robots within 15 years while a different study by the think tank Future Advocacy said that automation will affect one in five jobs across the country.

Industries that are likely to see continued, accelerated automation in the next few years are media, tech and finance. It will also become more common for data processing to be carried out solely by machines to eliminate the possibility of human error and delays.

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