Careers > Will robots do most of UK’s jobs by 2037?

Posted on March 29, 2017

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Jesse Iwu reports on how young people’s future career prospects will be affected
A study by accounting firm, Deloitte, predicts that there will be over 2 million job losses over the next 20 years, as the development of mechanisation and robotics takes over. That’s 59% of the UK’s entire workforce.

An example of automation is the self-checkout machines you see in supermarkets. However, these machines are not as advanced as future automations are projected to be, eg robots serving meals in restaurants, working in factories, and involved transportation and storage work.

A debatable topic is whether technology will eventually go too far, as there appears to be an unstoppable international drive in developing new technologies.

However there are many jobs that are unlikely to be fully automated, such as in health and social care. They require human intelligence.

Nonetheless, there will be a massive variety of future jobs that don’t currently exist today. These could be designing and maintaining the mechanics and software of robots, including future updates.

What I think
I believe that robots could be more efficient, reliable and economical than humans in many important jobs. I would be quite interested in getting a job to program robots.

In the words of Michael Jones, an assistant professor in economics at the University of Cincinnati, “Yes, the robots will steal our jobs. And that’s fine.”

What do you think? Please comment below.

Jesse Iwu
Jesse is studying business at Westminster Academy. He is interested in technology and art and is looking to get a job as a robot programmer.


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5 Responses to Will robots do most of UK’s jobs by 2037?

  1. iwu bede chima March 29, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

    Hi dear. i totally agree with you on your findings as regards to the future of robots in future. And from my own point of view, i think robots will help alot in doing some delicate jobs that are dangerous to our health and our environment. Aswell making some of our heavy jobs easier by authomated machines.

  2. Iwu Raymond March 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

    Jesse, it gonna be a great renovation as it will no onlyt be more economical but also reduce industrial accidents and loss of material and equipments. It will also be useful in the fight against insecurity which is affecting the world at large.

    we will give you our maximum support to achieve this great idea of ours.

    may your dream come true.


  3. Iwu Raymond March 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

    Waiting for this noble idea to come through.

  4. iwu onyekachi March 30, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

    It’s a wonderful idea jesse, you have our full support, at least it wil help to reduce the high risk in many jobs,

  5. Shakira Dyer May 1, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    Nice to see awesome commentors commenting. Just passing through to give the other viewpoint I see from some people whose jobs were taken by robots – for example in the cleaning industry or catering. If robots take thier jobs, then what will they do?

    Sometimes, due to the fact these jobs are low-paid and seen as unskilled, the people who take these jobs dont have many qualifications, even if they wouldn’t mind going into extra training. T

    Training to learn how to program these robots would take many years for anyone, especially if they may have only a qualification in that job, or don’t feel needed after becoming unemployed. Many people would give up. Besides, these jobs of programming are more likely to go to the so-called ‘upper class’ or people who went to universities, because of the perception they are more qualified (which may not always be the case).

    Anyone can learn anything, but maybe the people out of work would feel like they can’t, as they’ve just been told they’re being replaced by a robot. (This is most likely to un-employ many people at once) They may try to get another job, but thier wages may be cut if the demand for robots went up and the demand for real people doing the job went down…

    Also, what about the customer? Sure, a robot could be more efficient (sure as the self-checkout machines in supermarkets. I personally haven’t had any problems with them, (or any that come to mind anyway) what happens if it breaks down, or if a fault means people can steal things? Although I expect accessibility to be so much better by 2037, some people who are fully blind may find it difficult to use the touch screens.

    Also, to use the self-checkout analogy again, when you put money into it, how many people are paid this money at the end? Just the owner of the shop? Or all the employees equally?

    I think we should only use robots in industries that need them (such as transportation and factory work, particularly assembling parts a la on How Its Made- all those jobs were once done by people!)

    Things to think about…I like technology (happen to be using it now 🙂 ), but think of the human, too!

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