Good afternoon – it’s time for another look at what’s in the news about HR and employment law.
Four million jobs in the British private sector could be replaced by robots in the next decade, according to business leaders asked about the future of automation and artificial intelligence.
The potential impact amounts to 15% of the current workforce in the sector. The figures emerged in a poll conducted by YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts, whose chief executive, Matthew Taylor, has been advising Downing Street on the future of modern work.
Jobs in finance and accounting, transport and distribution and in media, marketing and advertising are most likely to be automated in the next decade, the research says.
A new report published by the TUC argues that the economic gains from digitisation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) should be used to benefit working people, for example by reversing policies to raise the state pension age.
The report, Shaping Our Digital Future, explores how the next technological revolution will impact on jobs and wages. Previous waves of technological change have not led to an overall loss of jobs, but have disrupted the types of job people do.
With the most recent wave of industrial change, rewards from higher productivity have gone predominantly to business owners rather than being shared across the workforce through better wages and working conditions.
The trend for using controversial zero-hours contracts may have “begun to unwind”, experts have suggested after official figures revealed their usage had dropped by a third since their peak two years ago.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), published this morning, showed there were 1.4m employment contracts that did not guarantee a minimum number of hours in use in May, down a third (33 per cent) from a peak of 2.1m in May 2015.