One in 12 Norwich jobs are at risk from robots - but here’s how to beat them

PUBLISHED: 09:01 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:01 17 February 2016

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn uses cleaning robots in the fight against infection. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn uses cleaning robots in the fight against infection. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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More than 100,000 jobs currently being advertised are likely to be “obsolete” by 2035, a new report has predicted, with Norwich one of the cities most at risk.

How to beat the robots

Jobs most at risk of being replaced by robots are those which can be easily automated.

So Adzuna’s report urges employees to develop “human skills” which robots aren’t likely to master. That means negotiation, persuasiveness and empathy.

Jobs needing creativity are also less likely to be filled by robots by 2035. So don’t try to beat the robots at their own game - stay human!

Almost a 10th of jobs could be lost to robots, said jobs site Adzuna in a report published ahead of the latest unemployment figures.

The chance of jobs being automated are greater outside the UK’s major towns and cities, said Adzuna.

Norwich, Exeter and Plymouth were identified as cities most at risk from robots, while London, Reading and Edinburgh were least at risk.

In Norwich 8% of vacancies analysed by Adzuna were classed as being at “high risk” making it the third most at risk place for robots taking over current jobs by 2035, behind Exeter and Crawley.

HGV drivers, couriers, receptionists and accountants, as well as much less common jobs like billboard installers, tree trimmers and tractor operators were most at risk.

Doug Monro of Adzuna said: “We’ve heard that more than a third of current British jobs may be lost to automation, but our new analysis of the job market suggests that a high proportion of advertised vacancies are still for roles that are at high risk of being performed by robots in the not-too-distant future.

“The risk of a robot invasion on the Devon coast might sound fanciful, but there’s a serious message for younger workers, whether they’re looking for their first job, or are comfortably in a career.

“If you want to remain relevant in the workplace, you need to develop skills that cannot be easily automated.”

Meanwhile, the Welsh government announced a £9m EU-funded scheme to tackle long-term unemployment in south-west Wales.

Led by Neath Port Talbot Council, it will offer training and paid work experience opportunities to 4,000 long-term unemployed people.

Finance minister Jane Hutt said: “The Welsh government strongly believes that well-paid, skilled work is the best route out of poverty.”

The new jobless figures from the Office for National Statistics are expected to show another fall in unemployment, which stood at 1.68 million in January, 239,000 fewer than a year earlier.

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