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Robots already taking over UK jobs, finds research

ADVANCED: Robots starting to take over UK jobs, according to new research

ALMOST TWO thirds of the fastest declining job roles in the UK are dropping due to automation, according to analysis released today by job search engine Adzuna.

Adzuna’s comprehensive report, entitled “The Start Of The Curve”, identified reasons behind the drop in demand for the fastest declining roles around the UK, with 13 of the 20 steepest decliners seeing the effects of automation.

The in-depth study, which quantifies the impact to date of technological advancement and increasing automation on the UK job market, analysed over 79 million UK job adverts from the previous 2 years. This represents a near-comprehensive record of all vacancies advertised in the UK during this period.

The country’s fastest declining roles included pharmacy assistants, travel agents and translators. Illustrators and writers also featured in the top 10 declining occupations, showing the impact of technology-driven change even in creative industries.

On the other hand, nail technicians, retail security officers and full stack developers all featured in the 5 fastest growing professions in the UK, when it came to the number of vacancies being advertised.

Key drivers behind these growing roles are increases in disposable income spent on services, emerging technologies and rising demand for manual workers. 25% of the fastest rising roles can be attributed to changing technologies and their impact on the UK labour market.

James Neave, Head of Data Science at Adzuna, commented: “Using Adzuna’s unique jobs dataset has enabled us to complement recent studies which predicted the hypothetical effect of automation. Our white paper takes a different approach by quantifying the trends that we are actually observing in UK job vacancies in recent years.”

On a sector level, the travel and creative and design industries showed some of the fastest declines, as technology changes the way both these sectors operate.

On the other hand, roles in hospitality logistics, and social work featured in the top 5 fastest-growing industries.

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, commented: “The robots are not just coming, they are here already - in our pockets, workplaces and homes. Automation is already replacing jobs and could be set to replace some roles - like translators and travel agents - entirely. But, at least in the short term, AI advances seem to be creating new jobs just as fast.“

“Tech is changing the shape of industries in more complex ways than previously predicted. For example in the creative and design fields, previously feted as “robot-proof”, we are seeing that software and technological tools can help even the most creative of professionals automate tasks, find efficiencies in workflows, and change the way they work.“

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