Procurement · 6 April 2018

Infographic: One in five job roles to be filled by robots

A quarter of Brits would swap politicians for robots.

According to figures by think tank Centre for Cities, one in five jobs are at risk of being replaced by robots by 2030.

With the prevalence of self-service tills and check-ins at supermarkets and airports the threat towards “human jobs” becomes more apparent.

Introducing an exciting new infographic, Reboot Digital Marketing analysed findings from Mindshare, who surveyed over 6,000 people from across the UK to see whether they would prefer robots or humans in a range of occupations.

The results found that a quarter of people would opt to elect robots to run the country, as 25 per cent of Brits would shockingly replace MPs with machines.

The automation of work, including the use of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to increase rapidly.

These findings are supported by auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), it estimates that ten million UK workers will be at risk of automation invasion within the next 15 years.

The study revealed that when making car comparisons and purchases 60 per cent of Brits would prefer to be helped by a ‘bot rather than a person.

On the other end of the scale, most Brits would still select humans when receiving medical advice (89 per cent) and legal advice (86 per cent).

The 2008 banking crisis led to the negative perception of bankers nationally. Despite this, Brits voted at 71 per cent that they would still prefer a person to handle their money.

There results showed a near equal divide regarding film and music recommendation. Just under half (49 per cent) of Brits would rather accept the opinion of a robot than to do so from other people such as family and friends.

When it comes to collecting debt, the method of choice sticks with the current service as 70 per cent of surveyors chose human contact.

However, when it comes the role of carpark attendants 45 per cent would prefer machinery than having to communicate with a person.

Brits would still select humans when receiving medical advice and legal advice.

 

Employees cite threat of automation among greatest risks to job security

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Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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