Will a robot replace you in your job?
850,000 UK public sector jobs could be automated by 2030, but , the rise of the robot workers could actually be a good thing...
Research conducted by Oxford University and Deloitte says “850,000 UK public sector jobs could be automated by 2030”. Could this mean a robot will take over your regular 9 to 5 in just over a decade?
Admin jobs are most at risk of being replaced , with even “teachers, social workers and police officers facing a 23% chance of automation”, at least in part, to save money and reduce the number of workers on the payroll.
Deloitte predicted that “74% of jobs in transportation and storage, 59% in wholesale and retail trades and 56% in manufacturing” also have a high chance of becoming automated.
Whether or not a role could be completed by a robot depends on nine different skills and elements, according to Oxford University academics, Michael Osborne and Carl Frey:
- “Social perceptiveness”
- Assisting and caring for others
- Fine arts
- Finger dexterity
- Manual dexterity
- The need to work in a cramped work space”
If you’re sitting there worrying that a Siri-like artificial intelligence being could be doing your job in the not-so-distant future, the rise of the robot workers could actually be a good thing…
Deloitte argues that over the last 140 years, “automation has created more work than it destroyed” and has brought about a fall in “hard, dangerous and dull jobs”, which can only be a good thing in our opinion!
Head of public sector at Deloitte, Mike Turley, says that “wider research on automation also shows that while jobs are displaced by automation, new, higher-skilled and better paying jobs are created as a result.” So robots could be doing the boring, repetitive tasks that you dislike the most in your job, which could create space for a job you love even more, with more challenging and engaging work that only a human can perform. And the robots certainly won’t be getting your pay rise!
Want to know if a robot could be sitting in your perfectly-moulded desk chair by 2030? Just type your job title into the BBC’s search box to find out your risk of being replaced by AI!