39% of jobs in Bristol at risk to automation


A report released today by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that 39% of jobs in Bristol are at risk of having some or all of their tasks automated.

The report shows that almost 1 in 20 jobs are at high risk of being automated, around 8,959 jobs in the city. The figures show a huge disparity in risk depending on gender and age. The ONS analysis shows that 70.2% of the roles at high risk of automation are currently held by women. In addition, people aged 20 to 24 years are most likely to be at risk of having their job automated, when compared with other age groups.

Jobs most at risk from automation include elementary jobs (waiters and waitresses, shelf fillers and bar staff), processing jobs (sewing machinists, tyre and exhaust fitters, weighers, graders and sorters), retail staff, and even skilled trade occupations like florists face an almost two thirds of roles being automated.

James Cox, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol West, said:

"It is deeply worrying that whilst the Conservative Party plunges the country into a Brexit crisis, millions of jobs across the country and thousands of jobs in Bristol are at risk of being replaced by automation.

"Young people are once again the biggest victims of the generational divide as the jobs they've worked hard to get today may disappear tomorrow. Women are also disproportionately placed to be negatively impacted. Technological progress cannot and should not be stopped, but the government has got to confront the issue now so that every generation, gender and part of the country can feel the benefit of that progress.

"Liberal Democrats are calling for all businesses employing over 250 people to start developing plans to support those staff who are most vulnerable to automation. I will be inviting companies in Bristol West to meet with me so we can ensure that this planning takes place. We are also demanding that the government grant £9,000 to every adult over their lifetime to fund lifelong learning and reeducation."

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