Tech Advances in the UK Threatening WorkersDespite overwhelming evidence that immigrants are not taking jobs away from born and bred Brits, it has been a contentious topic for several years, even after Brexit. The truth is that it has nothing to do with foreigners. In fact it’s more likely that robots will threaten British jobs.
A couple of years ago Oxford University, Deloitte and the Oxford Martin School published a report that hints at as much as 35% of existing jobs in the UK are at risk of being eradicated by robotics, automation and technology within 20 years. What’s more is that lower paid jobs are five times more at risk than jobs in the higher salary bracket. Is the middle class about to be effectively hollowed out by tech? Angus Knowles-Cutler, senior partner at Deloitte states that imminent changes should be completely understood by companies and policy makers and preventative steps should be taken, or there will be a serious risk of mass unemployment. More recently the numbers have started looking even more dismal. The right-of-centre thinktank Reform purports that as many as 250,000 public sector workers are at risk of losing their jobs to robots in less than 15 years. According to this report machines will be more efficient and save billions of pounds.