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24 Mar 2017
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The Rise of The Robots

Robots are going to take around 30% of the job positions in the UK, a global research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has predicted. The analysts expect that to happen in the next 15 years and most likely to affect the life of nearly 10 million people in Britain.

According to the report, the biggest impact the automation will have is in the USA where about 38% of the jobs could be affected. One of the most threatened industries is logistics and cargo where new non-drivers’ lorries are expected to take over the jobs of more than 3.5 million truck drivers. Additionally, the robotisation will affect the work of people related to the industry which will jeopardize the employment of 8.7 million Americans.

Surprisingly, one of the countries that would be the least threatened by robotisation over human services is Japan. PwC predicts 21% of the jobs there will be affected. In Europe, Germany, the most industrial EU member is facing 35% of automation in the next 15 years.

Another interesting point in the report is the effects based on gender. Unluckily, for the men, 35% of male professions are facing a robot invasion, compared to only 26% of those which are primarily female. According to the experts most women work in humanitarian professions like social care, health and education.

The jobs that will need to adapt mostly are transportation, retail, manufacturing and storage the report said. “A key driver of our industry-level estimates is the fact that manual and routine tasks are more susceptible to automation, while social skills are relatively less automatable”, John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC commented.

According to him, despite the staggering figures, people shouldn’t take the automation as a threat because it “could also enable some workers to focus on higher value, more rewarding and creative work, removing the monotony from our day jobs.”

In another study by Adzuna, a global job search engine, surprisingly, the UK city that is facing the high-risk of robotization is Exeter, in the county of Devon, followed by Norwich and Plymouth.