The government needs to commission detailed research to assess which workers are most at risk of job displacement by automation, according to a UK-based social enterprise consultancy. “It is essential that we better understand how impacts will differ by employment sector, geography, age group, gender, educational attainment and socio-economic group,” says Future Advocacy.
The outfit also calls on lawmakers to develop smart, targeted strategies to address future job displacement, based on the results of research into the differential impact of automation by sector, region and demographic group.
“The importance of targeting these interventions to those most at risk cannot be over-emphasised,” says Future Advocacy. “Such interventions could include supporting businesses to retrain employees, and providing financial and psychological support to people impacted.”
It is also has concerns around the country leaving the EU, and adds that the government needs to ensure that any migration policy in place following Brexit will still allow UK-based companies and universities to “attract the brightest and best AI and robotics talent from all over the world”.
Future Advocacy cites research from PwC which estimates that up to 30% of existing UK jobs are at high risk of automation by the early-2030s, lower than the US (38%) or Germany (35%), but higher than Japan (21%). The risks appear highest in sectors such as transportation and storage (56%), manufacturing (46%) and wholesale and retail (44%).
In its recent Global Talent Report, the Creative Industries Federation also pointed to the danger of Brexit to its sector, arguing that for the UK to remain a creative leader attracting skills from around the world, it must make efforts to maintain it reputation for openness and internationalism/
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