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The 1.5 million jobs in England most at risk of being automated

Lianna Brinded
Head of Yahoo Finance UK
A robotic arm fills a glass with beer at the booth. Photo: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

There are about 1.5 million jobs in England that are at risk of being automated, according to a report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of the 20 million jobs across England had in 2017, it showed that 7.4% are at high risk of being replaced by robots, computer programs, and algorithms. Those most at risk are those done by young people and women, and those in part-time work.

Source: ONS/The probability of automation in England: 2011 and 2017.

Nearly three quarters of the roles (70.2%) at major risk of being displaced by automation are currently held by women, while those aged 20 to 24 years are most likely to be at risk of losing their jobs.

Chart: ONS/The probability of automation in England: 2011 and 2017.

The proportion of jobs at a high risk of automation decreased slightly between 2011 and 2017, from 8.1% to 7.4%, while the proportion of jobs at low and medium risk of automation has risen.

“The exact reasons for the decrease in the proportion of roles at high risk of automation are unclear, but it is possible that automation of some jobs has already happened,” said the ONS in its report.

“For instance, self-checkouts at supermarkets are now a common sight, reducing the need to have as many employees working at checkouts. 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.”