About 1.5 million workers in the UK may lose their jobs due to automation


In the UK, about 1.5 million workers, most of whom are women and part-time workers, may lose their jobs due to automation. According to The Guardian, data from the Office for National Statistics showed that for the period from 2011 to 2017, for this reason, 25.3% of cashiers at supermarkets were cut. Some retailers are planning to follow the example of Amazon, which last year opened a non-cashier supermarket in Seattle. McDonald’s is introducing a self-service system in its restaurants, reducing the number of employees behind the counter. Automation is also being successfully introduced into the work of laundries, tire workshops and in the field of agriculture. Here, according to ONS, more than 15% of jobs have been reduced. The office also reported that in 2017, women occupied 70.2% of high-risk jobs.

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