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1 in 3 UK workers happy to work for a robot

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BY Paman Singh
Employment law
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There’s been a lot of talk about automation of jobs recently; even some of us at Law At Work towers are contemplating the possibility of a LAWbot taking our jobs! But when the robo-revolution takes hold, how will human workers feel about working alongside thinking machines? And how will workers feel about answering to a robo-boss?

Well, it turns out that a good proportion of UK workers would be happy to answer to a robot, with 11% believing they would be more efficient that their human predecessors and, rather worryingly for the bosses in question, 10% believing there would be no difference to their current manager! The study, commissioned by Edinburgh software firm FreeAgent, suggests that those in Wales and Northern Ireland would be most comfortable working for a robot boss, with men more open to the idea than women.

While it may seem like robot bosses are a long way off, a recent YouGov poll suggested that robots could take over 4 million private sector jobs in the UK within the next 10 years, so changes may come sooner that you might think! Jobs in finance, accounting, transport, media, marketing and advertising are likely to be most at risk, whereas jobs which are creative, unpredictable or involve building relationships, such as healthcare roles or the clergy, are least likely to be at risk. So, now might be the time to brush up on your art skills or write that novel that’s been brewing in your head for years, before the rise of the robots makes your role redundant!

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