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Monica Atwal speaks to the Daily Star ‘No job is safe’ Expert says robots will spark GLOBAL migration and unemployment crisis

11 December 2017 #Employment #Press


EVERY job in the world is under threat from being stolen by a robot in a pattern that could spark a migration crisis, a leading expert has warned.

Top UK lawyer Monica Atwal said the automaton will soon be widespread, with workers in all fields replaced by automatons. Ms Atwal, who is the managing partner at Clarkslegal law firm, claimed all jobs – and not just manual labour – are at risk of being done by machines. She said this is in part because robots can work 24 hours-a-day all seven days a week, making them a hugely attractive investment for employers.

She told Daily Star Online: “In all countries, people skilled in driving vehicles, flying planes, operating machinery, laying bricks, picking fruit, sewing, and numerous other traditional job roles will steadily see their work disappear or at least be so affected that jobs available are less.”

She said the effects of these technological advancements will be particularly bad in the developing world, where populations rely on low-skilled jobs. “This puts millions of jobs in developing countries at risk where the main advantage on offer for outsourcing is low labour costs,” she said. “Even low-skilled and low-paid work will in the near future be economically less attractive than investment in robots who can do the same work 24/7 in or closer to the destination market.”

This march of the robots will reportedly lead to mass unemployment and a migration crisis as millions of unskilled workers look for alternative employment opportunities. Ms Atwal explained: “There should be concerns [about] global effect of AI and automation. It is something that will have implications for jobs everywhere. "Unemployment is bound to happen, provoking more crises about migration and inequality and migration. In developed countries, there should be scope to offer new jobs and opportunities to some degree, though in theory, any new job created around automation is probably itself subject to the risk of robotic replacement next. For millions of unskilled workers reliant on manufacturing at low cost it is hard to see where suitable alternative jobs would come from.”

Her comments come as statistics revealed nearly 40% of British workers fear “rising automation will place humans and robots in competition for the same jobs in the future.” The research carried out by software company Workfront showed two in five were worried about future work, despite 92% of those polled believing humans will always be required in some capacity in the workplace.

Another survey from employment agency REED revealed 61% of people think technology will replace human jobs.

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