Photo:

11 million UK jobs at risk of being automated by 2036

Bradley Wint
By - Founder/Executive Editor
Jan 23, 2016 1:30am AST
Photo:

Accounting firm, Deloitte, has warned that the rise of automation may put as much as 11 million people out of work in the UK by 2036.

With exponential growth in the online shopping industry, the retail sector stands to lose the most with as many as 2.2 million workers being sent home in the next 20 years. This represents about 60% of the retail work force being dropped in favour of online and automated sales processing.

The conversion process is clearly apparent in the manufacturing industry as well, as many mundane tasks are being taken over by robots, with the transport industry next in line for conversion. With driverless cars being the next big thing, public transport and delivery drivers may soon have to be looking for another form of employment.

Unfortunately, those at the bottom of the food chain are most likely to suffer compared to others who earn higher incomes and have better qualifications. Those making under £30,000 were five times as likely to lose their jobs as compared to someone who made over £100,000 per year.

Sadly the problem isn’t limited to any one particular industry over the other as they estimate that almost all industries may be affected, but more at the lower administrative levels where work is more repetitive and mundane (such as cashing, sales and farming).

With any major industry shift, there are always new opportunities, and many new jobs have opened up especially in the healthcare, communication, caring, and social welfare sectors, but the accounting firm worries that there may not be enough job creation to counter the potential numbers being sent home.

[Image: Bill Dickinson/Flickr]

Stay in check with our daily burst of news stories delivered to your inbox.

Read more

The 9 best vlogging cameras for 2018

Entertainment - Even with the YouTube apocalypse, vlogging is still a huge deal. Last year we talked about some of the top…

By - Jan 19, 2018 1:42am AST

YouTube and Facebook pull Tide Pod Challenge videos because people are stupid

Social Media - It’s a new year and people are already doing dumb things for their 15 minutes of internet fame. Both Facebook…

By - Jan 18, 2018 11:10pm AST

Apple will soon allow you to disable battery management software on older iPhones

Mobile - After a wave of mounting criticism, lawsuits, and PR statements, Tim Cook has announced that users will now have the…

By - Jan 18, 2018 3:21am AST

7 things the media gets wrong about air travel and aviation

Travel - When there is ‘trouble’ in the sky, there tends to be ‘trouble’ with the reporting as well. Many news agencies,…

By - Jan 18, 2018 1:47am AST

Apple issues iOS 11.2.2 to address Spectre vulnerability

Mobile - In the wake of the industry-wide Spectre and Meltdown chip flaws, Apple has issued a security update for iOS 11…

By - Jan 8, 2018 2:55pm AST

Social media “Fear Of Missing Out” detrimental to our mental well-being

Science/Space - Human beings generally see themselves in the best light possible compared to others. This psychological phenomenon is called illusory superiority….

By - Jan 2, 2018 11:50pm AST

Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines flight celebrate New Year’s Day twice due to delay

Travel - Passengers on board a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Honolulu, Hawaii were able to celebrate New Year’s…

By - Jan 1, 2018 11:13pm AST

LG shows off world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED display for CES 2018

Technology - LG is stepping up the display game with the unveiling of a world first 88-inch, 8K OLED display. When compared…

By - Jan 1, 2018 10:33pm AST

How to fix Samsung Galaxy Note 8 charging issues

Technology - Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 customers have run into a peculiar situation where their phones refuse to charge after being…

By - Jan 1, 2018 12:31am AST

Apple apologizes for iPhone slow down; offers battery replacement for $29

Technology - After lots of press blow back, Apple has finally given in to the whole battery fiasco, issuing a letter of…

By - Dec 31, 2017 1:55pm AST