Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Globalisation and automation increase reliance on public sector jobs

Globalisation and automation increase reliance on public sector jobs

Experts have predicted that automation will take over a large number of jobs in the future, and now, a United Kingdom-based think-tank has analyzed the potential impact of automation in the U.K. Their newly released report confirms this vision of the future, while also highlighting the areas of the nation likely to be hardest hit.

The warning is contained in a report by a leading independent think tank that forecasts 230,000 posts could go by 2030.

The paper says that Dundee is most at risk from the rise of robot labour.

Edinburgh and Aberdeen, by contrast, are among the cities least at risk, with 18% and 19% of jobs threatened respectively, with Glasgow matching the United Kingdom average on around 21%.

Although it has done well in attracting high-tech jobs, particularly in computer gaming and biosciences, it is likely to suffer because it...

The report puts Aberdeen at number 51 in the ranking of top British cities most at risk of job losses due to the changes, with a total of 35,900 jobs estimated to be at risk.

According to the report, lower-skill sectors such as customer services, retail sales, administration and warehouse work were the most likely to be made obsolete by automation.


Around 18% of jobs are under threat in Southern cities, compared to 23% in cities elsewhere in the country.

Centre for Cities' reseachers fear automation and globalisation could exaggerate the political divisions exposed by the European Union referendum in 2016.

Sunderland was placed at the second most "at risk" English city, with more than 37,700 jobs - or 29% of the workforce - at risk of being replaced by automation. About 10 per cent of jobs are in occupations predicted to grow, while new industries would also create positions which do not now exist, it was predicted. Low-skilled roles predicted to increase include catering jobs, electrical and electronic trades and sports and fitness occupations.

Across all Scottish cities, around 9 per cent of existing jobs are in occupations predicted to grow in future.

The Centre for Cities is warning that national and local leaders should act now to prepare people and places for the changes ahead.

"In an ever more divided country, it's increasingly clear that a one-size-fits-all approach from central government is inadequate to address the myriad issues that different places face".

"The government needs to give cities more powers and resources to tackle the issues that automation and globalisation will present, and to make the most of the benefits they will bring."
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