Robots are coming for your job – unless you’re a designer

More than a third of UK workers could be replaced by robots in the next 20 years, according to a new report – but designers are among those least at risk and creativity will be a prized skill in the coming years.


Source: JD Hancock

Research carried out by Oxford University and accountant Deloitte shows that 35 per cent of existing UK jobs are at high risk of automation in the next two decades.

Those jobs most at risk are jobs requiring “repetitive processing, clerical and support services” such as administrative support roles, sales roles and jobs in transportation, construction and production, the report says.

Jobs least at risk, according to the report’s authors, are those requiring “digital, management and creative skills”. These include jobs in the creative industries, arts and media, skilled management roles and jobs in computing, engineering and education.

Among the world’s fastest-growing job titles, the report says, are user experience designers, iOS and Android developers and digital marketing specialists.

The report’s authors surveyed London businesses about which skills would be most desirable over the next ten years – and the top three were digital know-how, management and creativity. One respondent saw a need for “people who bring an agile problem-solving attitude towards their work”.

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  • Anthony November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Humans need not apply?

    The irony is that ‘creatives’ (and that includes engineers) have been, and still are, shaping a future where human interaction and intervention is needed less and less. This streamlining of peoples lives started long before computers existed; its growth pattern is notably exponential. What is known, is that the tipping point is arriving, therefore all these types of articles, research and subsequent conversations are very relevant to us all.

    Subsequent questions are going to be raised, for example; who or what body of people will take ownership and standardise robots/AI? who will govern robots/AI decisions? This area alone may become an exercise in power grabbing, especially when politicians wake up and wade in.. Far too much to consider in one comment box, or hook and bait article..

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