Rise of robots threatens only one in five jobs, fresh research suggests

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Only one in five jobs are at risk of being replaced by robots, new research reveals.

The majority of current jobs will still be in existence by 2030 and one in 10 people are even predicted to experience bigger demand for their skills.

Jobs in creative, design digital and engineering sectors are likely to thrive, as are careers related to health care, education and other areas in the public sector. Transport and manufacturing were found to be the most threatened by automation, according to the study by Pearson, Nesta and the Oxford Martin School.

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“The future of work is brighter than conventional wisdom suggests: it is not going to be human versus machine, but rather human and machine,” said Pearson boss John Fallon.

“It is clear that technology is changing the global economy and labour markets, but we still retain the ability to control our destiny. We must reevaluate the skills people will need for a digital future, and update our education systems to ensure teachers have the right tools to help students succeed in the workforce of tomorrow."

“Human” skills such as social perceptiveness, active learning, active listening, judgement, and decision making were identified as ones in demand in the future as were cognitive skills.

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And some low-skilled jobs considered by many to be at risk such as food preparation will continue to be in demand with the growth of craft and artisanal production seen in brewing.

“Today many are concerned that jobs face a period of sustained disruption - not only as a result of automation but also globalization, demographic and environmental change and political uncertainty, said Philippe Schneider, a researcher and co-author of the report.

“Thinking systematically about these trends cannot give conclusive answers on what is around the corner, but it can provide clues and challenge imaginations as we design policies to improve the adaptability and employability of our workforces."

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