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Jobs with low risk of automation growing faster than jobs being replaced

Jobs that cannot be automated have increased since 2001, providing the UK economy with a significant financial boost

The number of jobs with low risk of technology automation is increasing faster than the number of jobs being replaced by automated processes across all regions of the UK, according to research by advisory firm Deloitte.

Between 2001 and 2015, jobs with low risk of automation paid on average £10,000 more than those at high risk as they require better skills, contributing £140bn to the UK economy, said the report.

Around 800,000 high-risk jobs have been replaced since 2001, but 3.5 million jobs at low risk of automation have been created, such as care home workers and teaching assistants.

“Our work shows the automation of jobs – and a shift from brawn to brains – is well underway in every region of the UK. But we appear to be benefiting from this, not losing out,” said Angus Knowles-Cutler, vice-chairman of Deloitte.

“Technology is replacing the high-risk, routine occupations in the UK, but we are seeing good growth in the creative, caring and complex jobs at less risk of automation, as well as increased economic value from these jobs.”

Out of jobs with low risk of automation, care home workers increased by 55%, teaching assistants increased by 202% and business and financial project managers increased by 842%.

However, some occupations have suffered, with personal assistants reducing by 50%, typists losing 75% and bank or post office branches going down by 44% as a result of automation and use of technology.

Economic value has been added across all regions of the UK, with the south-east contributing the most with a 46.6% increase in low-risk jobs, contributing £30.9bn to the UK economy.

Knowles-Cutler said: “We cannot be complacent. Business, educators and government must work together to ensure young people enter the workforce with the skills suited to the jobs of tomorrow, and those already in work are able to reskill during their careers.”

In a 2014 Deloitte report by Michael Osborne and Carl Benedikt Frey, it was estimated that 35% of jobs are at high risk of being automated over the next 10 to 20 years.

Harvey Lewis, head of analytics research at Deloitte, said: “The data shows strong evidence that the changes in the UK labour market are linked to advances in technology and the shifts we expect to see in the next 20 years as automation takes hold.”

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Sounds very logical to me. Automation AFAIK, came in all other industries from Manufacturing field when they needed someone to do monotonous, repeatable job which still required to be done with precision every single time. Eventually, it replaced human workers who used to do those jobs manually.   It's natural that jobs that can't be automated would remain comparatively safe than those who can get automated.
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LalitBhamare has answered much along my own thoughts. You can automate sequences of steps, and you can automate processes that are well planned out and follow the same path time and time again. Automating activities that look for novel or new paths, or different interpretations are a long way of, if ever. Therefore, jobs that require actual thought and reasoning we would think would be safe. Perhaps safer, but what is cognitively challenging today may become a canned algorithm tomorrow, so it's important to not rely on the fact that thinking jobs will be safe, but that jobs that allow people to think in unique ways will have a longer shelf life.
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A lot of automation is to increase accuracy and improve speed. We have automated a few process and have saved many work hours. We did not reduce staff either. The work load in the department was freed up for other tasks that were falling behind.  Automating the right jobs and processes is the key. We still need real thinking people to design and monitor them. I can see where some manual skills may not work because of too many variables. These variable can change mid process and cause failure.   
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People will have to accept that they are going to have to learn and grow.  The days of being normal and just doing the 9-5 are quickling coming to an end.  We live in the information economy now.
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