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Computers and robots could automate 1.5 million jobs


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1.5 million people in England at high risk of losing their jobs to automation.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysed the jobs of 20 million people in 2017.

Found 7.4% of these were at high risk of being replaced.

Down from 8.1% in 2011 - possibly because some jobs already been automated.

Women, part-timers and the young are most at risk.

Automation includes computer programs, algorithms, and robots.

Highest risk to waiting staff, shelf fillers and elementary sales.

Lowest risk to medical practitioners and higher education teaching professionals.

Amazon doubled its robot fleet to over 100,000 in 2017.

Percentage of workers in primary industry massively reduced in last century - not necessarily a bad thing

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Maja Korica

Associate Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Warwick.

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

The UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.