Report warns ‘time to act now’ as robots may put 36,000 Aberdeen jobs at risk

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A report has revealed the rise in robots could put nearly 36,000 jobs in Aberdeen at risk in the next 12 years.

Think tank Centre for Cities has published a study that shows the potential impact automation and globalisation will have in British cities in the coming year.

The report puts Aberdeen at number 51 in the ranking of top British cities most at risk of job losses due to the changes, with a total of 35,900 jobs estimated to be at risk.

Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities, said: “Automation and globalisation will bring huge oppor-tunities to increase pros-perity and jobs, but there is also a real risk that many people in Scottish cities will lose out.”

Aberdeen is predicted to lose 19% of jobs by 2030.

Neighbouring Dundee is among the top 10 cities most at risk of losing jobs, placed at number eight, but Edinburgh and Aberdeen are better placed to adapt to the changes ahead, according to the report.

Andrew added: “The time to act is now – national and local leaders need to ensure that people in cities across Scotland can share in the benefits these changes could offer.

“That means reforming the education system to give young people the cognitive and interpersonal skills they need to thrive in the future and improving school standards, especially in places where jobs are most at risk.

“We also need greater investment in lifelong learning and technical education to help adults adapt to the changing labour market, and better retraining for people who lose their jobs because of these changes.

“It’s also increasingly clear a one-size-fits-all approach from central govern-ment is inade-quate to address the myriad issues that different places face.

“Cities in Scot land need more powers and resources to tackle the issues that automation and globalisation will present, and to make the most of the benefits they will bring.”

The report further details the development of new industries will produce new jobs which do not currently exist, as the rise of sectors, such as the IT industry did.