A ROBOT takeover would hit factory workers worst – with almost half set to lose their jobs by 2037, according to new research.
A poll of 1,000 people, asked which jobs were at risk from robots being drafted in to do the same work, put factory workers at the top of the list, with 44 percent saying the jobs would be consigned to the dustbin of history.
In the second spot were cashiers at supermarkets and larger shops, with 40 per cent saying they were likely to lose their jobs to robots by 2037.
A recent report from Oxford University and Deloitte found that 35 percent of jobs in the UK were at risk from ‘automation’ over the next 20 years.
The poll also found that 27 percent of those polled said they would ‘never’ trust a robot to do a job once done by a human being and that 62 per cent said they felt ‘totally secure’ in their job, which they thought was ‘future proof’.
Rurik Bradbury, global head of research at LivePerson said that to ensure job security, Brits should take new courses to build up skills, attend conferences to build contacts and even study for a new career if they thought their job might be at risk.
He said: “Laying the groundwork for the successful transition into the automation economy will require education, innovation, and collaboration.
“Without consumers understanding the upcoming challenges, any intermediate programs established to provide new training or education will go ignored and exasperate the potential chasm that will open between those who lose jobs to automation and those who don’t.”
In order to ensure they have job security, people should keep learning new skills
FIVE JOBS MOST AT RISK:
1. Factory workers – 44 percent
2. Cashiers – 40 per cent
3. Taxi drivers – 20 percent
4. Customer service workers – 18 percent
5. Airline pilot – 16 per cent
FIVE MOST ‘FUTUREPROOF’ JOBS
1. Doctor/nurse – 3 per cent
2. Lawyer – 4 four per cent
3. Journalist – 5 per cent
4. Researcher – 6 per cent
5. Farmer – 11 per cent