Rise of the robots threatens to displace jobs, report warns

Lloyd Doyle
January 29, 2018

Mansfield is home to the highest share of jobs likely to decline of any United Kingdom city.

A survey last year by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) found that the majority of professionals in the manufacturing industry - which has used automation for many years - said they have never witnessed job losses as a result of the introduction of robots or automated processes.

The Centre's annual check on the performance of United Kingdom cities' economies published today has focused on the impact of automation on driving job growth and job losses in cities over the coming decades.

As per a new report, one out of five jobs in British cities is most likely to become obsolete by 2030 due to advanced automation and globalisation. This includes 112,700 jobs in Glasgow, 60,800 in Edinburgh, 35,900 in Aberdeen, and 20,000 in Dundee.

That divergence is partly down to the make-up of the workforce of different cities.

Across Scottish cities as a whole, roughly 9% of jobs are in industries expected to grow between now and 2030, the report said, adding that new industries that do not yet exist could also bring more jobs in the future, just as the IT sector did.

In the South, the cities least exposed to losing jobs are also home to larger shares of high skilled private sector occupations which are expected to grow by 2030.


The report said the changes would lead to jobs being created as well as lost, but in Northern and Midlands' cities they would largely be in low-skilled occupations.

The report confirms that Cambridge is also the city with the highest proportion of highly educated residents, and the lowest youth unemployment rate. Only 1 in 10 jobs predicted to grow by 2030 in cities such as Mansfield, Blackburn and Sunderland are in high skilled private sector occupations, while 3 out of 10 are in low skilled private sector occupations. And this is going to hit jobs pertaining to retail, customer service and even warehouse services the most, said Centre for Cities, which studies economic growth and its effects in the UK.

According to Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities, the figures highlight the urgent need for policymakers to react to the changing landscape. Almost half of jobs predicted to increase in Cambridge - and a third of those in Oxford and Aldershot - are in high skilled private sector occupations.

"For that to happen, national and local leaders also need to take action now to prepare Londoners for the changes ahead".

Sunderland was among 63 large urban areas in the United Kingdom explored in the economic study, which also found retail, customer service and warehouse jobs are among those also most at risk.

"We also need greater investment to help adults adapt to the changing labour market". "Cities in Scotland need more powers and resources to tackle the issues that automation and globalisation will present, and to make the most of the benefits they will bring".

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