Jobs in Northamptonshire Most Threatened by Robots, Research Suggests

Jobs in Northamptonshire Most Threatened by Robots, Research Suggests

APRIL 2018

Northamptonshire is the county most threatened by automation in the UK, according to research by think-tank Localis in collaboration with Sky News.

Corby, Wellingborough and Daventry all feature in the top 10 places most at risk of "cliff-edge automation".

In numerical terms 31.1 per cent of jobs, or 10,323 jobs, are at risk in Corby; 28.9 per cent or 10,430 jobs in Wellingborough; and 28.5 per cent or 11,360 jobs in Daventry.

Nineteen-year-old Reece Manly-Foster, from Corby, has worked short-term jobs in factories and warehouses in the last two years. He told Sky News: "It is bad in Corby. It really is. Because there are hardly any jobs going.

"I tried to apply for a warehouse but the only job that was going was through the robots. But I had no idea, because I'm not trained, which means I can't work there.

"I know for a fact that most factory work will be overtaken by robots, which means there's going to be fewer people working, which means there's going to be people out of work."

A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers published in February predicted waves of automation.

To find out more about this study please click here

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