Why the rise of the robots could hit jobs hard in the Grimsby area

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 28 Mar 2019

No teleportation devices. Zero telepathic communications. Where is the future we were promised?

Since the 1800s – and most likely before then – people have been recording their visions of the future, and most commonly: “What life will be like in the 2000s”.

But, here we are without our family-sized flying cars, without mind-controlled communications, and without our jetpacks!

However our ancestors guessed right with one thing – “The Rise of the Robots”.

The analysis looks at different jobs people have to see how likely some of the tasks could be replaced through automation

In North East Lincolnshire, robots could be set to take over more than 50,000 jobs within the next 20 years.

This is according to new figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Their analysis looked at different jobs people have to see how likely some of the tasks could be replaced through automation.

A job is classed as being at risk of automation if it is likely that tasks could be carried out more quickly and efficiently by either an algorithm written by a human, or a machine designed for one specific function.

Certain jobs are at a greater risk of automation than others

The figures show that 54,000 jobs in North East Lincolnshire are at risk of automation - roughly 49.4 per cent of all jobs in the area, or just under half.

Certain jobs are at a greater risk of automation than others.

A job is considered to be at a high risk of being replaced by robots when the chance of automation within the next two decades is more than 70 per cent.

Some 5,000 jobs in North East Lincolnshire fall into this category.

They include roles that require more repetitive tasks, such as working in a shop

They include roles that require more repetitive tasks, such as working in a shop.

While the figures do not show which specific jobs in the area are most likely to be taken over by robots, across England the education sector has the greatest number of jobs at risk of automation.

The report found that 2.3 million jobs in this field are susceptible to being taken over by a machine within the next 20 years.

There are 2.0 million jobs at risk in retail, and 1.7 million in the human health sector.

Medical practitioners are at the lowest risk of job automation – at just 18.1 per cent

Specific jobs at particular risk include waiters and waitresses (72.8 per cent), shelf fillers (71.7 per cent), and bar staff (70.7 per cent).

Medical practitioners are at the lowest risk of job automation – at just 18.1 per cent.

The ONS analysis shows that 70.2 per cent of the roles at high risk of automation are currently held by women.

People aged 20 to 24 years are the most likely to be at risk of having their job automated when compared with other age groups.



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