Automation a bigger worry than Brexit, says Herts County Council

PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 August 2018

Could your job be done by a machine? University of Hertfordshire trials a social care robot. Picture: supplied by the University of Hertfordshire

Could your job be done by a machine? University of Hertfordshire trials a social care robot. Picture: supplied by the University of Hertfordshire

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Automating Hertfordshire’s manual and administrative jobs could a bigger threat than any of the effects of Brexit, according to officers.

As part of the report entitled “Implications of the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union” scrutinised in June by Hertfordshire county council, officers warned: “Research suggests that the key threat to the country’s economy is said to be the effect of automation of manual jobs rather than the effect of Brexit.”

As robotics and artificial intelligence improve, some manual labour and administrative jobs traditionally done by human beings are predicted to be displaced.

Government figures show that 10.9 per cent of Welwyn Hatfield workers are in admin and secretarial workers or skilled trades, and 15.9 per cent are plant and machine operatives and elementary occupations, all of which may be at high risk of automation in future.

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