A third of women (33%) and over two-fifths (43%) of men said that it was likely or very likely that their current job role could be replaced by technology or machines (such as smart software, automation or robotics) in the future, according to a survey.
The poll by HR software provider CIPHR asked 1,031 British workers to rate the likelihood of their own occupation becoming automated.
To find how closely people’s perceptions of automation match the probability of what may come, CIPHR compared its survey results with a report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in 2019, on the probability of automation in England.
The findings show "a distinct difference", for almost all occupations included in the study, between what workers think is likely to happen to their current jobs and what ONS researchers predict will happen to those jobs.
The analysis shows that jobs most likely to be automated according to people’s opinions were financial institution managers and directors and record clerks and assistants although ONS data shows there was only a 30% probability of this. Managers and directors in storage and warehousing (including logistics managers and warehouse managers) were 67% likely to be automated, said popular opinion, but the ONS data shows this was only 35% probable. Security guards and related occupations were seen as 60% likely to be automated and ONS data said it 57% probable. Production managers and directors in construction (including building services manager, construction manager and owner–electrical contracting) were roles that the analysis said were 43% likely to be automated according to people’s opinions but the ONS data put this at 30%.
CIPHR polled a representative sample of 1,031 employed British adults. People with related job titles were grouped using the ONS’s standard occupational classifications.