As the Cowid crisis accelerates changes in the workplace technology, leading to redundancy and inequality across the country, more than 50 workers are at the highest risk of automation in the UK, a report said.
The two-year commission on labor and technology, chaired by Labor MP Yvette Cooper, said workers in the sector have been hit hardest by the epidemic – such as hospitality, leisure and retail – facing the “double whammy” as their jobs are most at risk of being replaced by machines.
A commission of inquiry conducted by the Fabian Society and community trade unions found that about 611% of the jobs in the first half of this year were in sectors where automation could cause job losses.
The adoption of technology during the coronavirus epidemic has helped millions of employees secure jobs as they work from home. While employers are using new technology to survive, a commission made up of academics and trade unionists says many jobs will not return as a result.
Physical-distance requirements, remote operating and online shopping have led consumers and companies to make lasting changes to the use of technology this year, with the epidemic likely to have a lasting impact on business and society, reducing costs in some physical stores, cutting thousands of well-known high street employers. Yes, online spending has increased – benefiting fewer employees and higher automation companies.
According to the commission, Stat..6 million employees out of 5.9 million are at risk of automation, the third most vulnerable sector, according to the Office of National Statistics.
The report called on the government to increase spending on job support and skills to bring back new employment opportunities for workers, saying failure to take action would exacerbate social barriers and increase the risk of inequality.
It said low-wage and disadvantaged workers are more likely to work in high-risk automation jobs, where women, younger and older workers, people with minority ethnic backgrounds and disabled workers may lose out.
The chancellor, Ishii Sunak, has promised more money for staff and training since the epidemic hit, including a “BBS” kickstart “fund to help young people find work, but the commission said urgent action was needed to address the scale of the job crisis.
It said that before the end of the wage subsidy scheme at the end of March, free training of all animal workers needs to be arranged this winter. Among the wide range of proposals, it added that the Treasury should expand Kickstart to support people over the age of 25 and to ensure the opportunity to return to employment, training or full-time education.
“The government is not looking at this double risk to ensure that the government will help the economy through the Cowid crisis and how to keep the most vulnerable people out of these rapid changes in technology. The result, ”Cooper said.
“There is a real danger of increasing inequality, long-term structural unemployment and low wages that result in people not being able to benefit from economic recovery and technological advancement that we all want to be able to benefit from.”