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Half of Scotland’s Jobs Could Be Lost to Automation by 2030

Robots threaten to steal almost fifty percent of Scottish jobs in about a decade, a new report suggests.

According to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR )Scotland, 1.2 million jobs —about 46 percent of the country’s total— are likely to be automated by 2030.

The think tank recommended that adult workers go through more training and career support in order to reduce the risk of being left jobless mid-career.

One possible way to ensure that is setting up an Open Institute of Technology to bring about “improved rates of career progression, pay and productivity, starting in low-skill sectors”,—alongside other measures to ensure that low-skilled workers keep developing their skills and retrain throughout their working life.

“The world of work in 2030 will be very different to that in 2017. People are more likely to be working longer, and will often have multiple jobs, with multiple employers and in multiple careers,” the report reads.

“Over 2.5 million adults in Scotland (nearly 80%) will still be of working age by 2030. At the same time, over 46% of jobs (1.2 million) in Scotland are at high risk of automation.We will therefore need a skills system ready to work with people throughout their careers.”

In an interview with the BBC, IPPR Scotland director Russell Gunson said: “To respond to the huge changes facing Scotland around demographic, technological and climate change – and of course Brexit – we’re going to have to focus on retrofitting the current workforce to provide them with the skills they need, to deliver the inclusive economic growth we wish to see.”

A Scottish government spokesperson weighed in on the report, saying that current plans already ensured that Scottish workers are educated, adaptable and ready to deal effectively with the challenges of the 21st Century.

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