Almost 42,000 East Devon jobs are at risk of being replaced by robots
PUBLISHED: 18:49 04 April 2019
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You could soon be replaced by a robot as data reveals two out of every five jobs in East Devon could be lost to automation.
The data, measured in 2017 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), shows that 42,000 jobs in the area could be partially or totally replaced by machines over the coming years.
This equates to 44 per cent of occupations and of them, 9% of them are at high risk meaning they have a more than 70% chance of being replaced by machines.
The threat was medium for a further 60 per cent of jobs as the chances of automation are between 30 and 70 per cent.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says technology will replace some occupations but will also bring new and more technical jobs.
East Devon was less vulnerable to the impact of automation in 2017 than six years earlier when 49 per cent of jobs were at risk of being replaced by machines.
The ONS analysed the jobs of 20 million people across England in 2017 and found that 7.4 per cent were at high risk of being replaced.
70 per cent of the roles at high risk of automation are currently held by women.
People aged 20 to 24 years old are most likely to be at risk of having their job replaced and low-skilled occupations, like waiting or shelf stacking, face the highest risk.
Jobs requiring higher qualifications, such as medical practitioners and higher education teachers, are less susceptible to computerisation.
An ONS spokesperson said: “The exact reasons for the decrease in the proportion of roles at risk of automation are unclear but it is possible that automation of some jobs has already happened.
“Additionally, while the overall number of jobs has increased, the majority of these are in occupations that are at low or medium risk suggesting that the labour market may be changing to jobs that require more complex and less routine skills.”
Felicity Burch, the CBI’s director of innovation and digital, said technology is predominantly putting jobs held by women and low-skilled occupations at risk.
She said: “The picture is complicated, as ONS’s own analysis shows that some of the roles most at risk of automation saw a boost in recent years.
“Furthermore, we know that the more businesses invest in new technology, the more likely they are to create new roles.