AI Automation Could Displace 8 Million Workers in the UK, Report Warns

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Published on March 28, 2024 - Duration: 01:30s

AI Automation Could Displace 8 Million Workers in the UK, Report Warns

AI Automation Could Displace 8 Million, Workers in the UK, Report Warns.

'The Guardian' reports that nearly 8 million jobs in the United Kingdom could be lost in a potential artificial intelligence "jobs apocalypse.".

'The Guardian' reports that nearly 8 million jobs in the United Kingdom could be lost in a potential artificial intelligence "jobs apocalypse.".

According to a report by The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), younger workers, women and lower- wage workers stand to lose the most to AI automation.

According to a report by The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), younger workers, women and lower- wage workers stand to lose the most to AI automation.

The IPPR's report found that entry-level, part-time and administrative jobs face the highest risk of being replaced by AI in a "worst-case scenario.".

Over the next three to five years, the thinktank warns that more companies will use generative AI technology to automate everyday workplace tasks.

The IPPR found that 11% of tasks currently done by workers are at risk.

This includes database management, scheduling and stocktaking, which could displace entry-level workers in the secretarial, administrative and customer service sectors.

This includes database management, scheduling and stocktaking, which could displace entry-level workers in the secretarial, administrative and customer service sectors.

The IPPR warns that the number could increase to 59% of tasks in a second wave if AI technology is developed to handle more and more complex tasks.

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The second wave could impact higher-earning jobs that involve less routine tasks surrounding database creation, copywriting and graphic design.

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The IPPR warns that women , "are more likely to work in the most exposed occupations, such as secretarial and administrative occupations.".

According to the report, the worst-case scenario for the second wave of AI could impact 7.9 million jobs, which would negate productivity gains with zero growth in GDP for up to five years.


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