Rise in robots taking jobs a concern for two in five Moneywise users

Published by Helen Knapman on 19 January 2018.
Last updated on 19 January 2018

Automated jobs could rise if minimum wage continues to increase

A rise in automated jobs replacing those traditionally carried out by humans is a concern for 43% of Moneywise users.

Over a quarter (26%) of those who responded to our recent poll, which asked if they were worried about robots taking their jobs, said that while they were retired, they were worried about the safety of their relatives’ jobs.

Just over one in 10 (11%) said they were not in a job that could easily be automated but were still concerned by the rise in automation, while 6% of those who responded said they were in a job that could be easily automated and were also worried.

The findings come after research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which warned that automated jobs could rise if the minimum wage continues to increase - as employers may be unable to meet these rising costs.

However, rather than jobs being the sole concern, nearly two in 10 (17%) are more worried about the impact automation has on customer service as they say automation isn’t the same as being able to speak to a person.

See the full poll results in the pie chart below. 

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