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Women’s jobs are twice as likely to be replaced by machines as men’s

Women’s jobs are twice as likely to be replaced by machines as men’s

Women’s jobs are twice as likely to be replaced by machines as men’s because industries such as retail and hospitality have a ‘high potential’ for automation

  • One in ten is in a role with a ‘high potential’ for automation such as social care
  • Experts from the IPPR said women over 60 were at the greatest disadvantage
  • Their jobs four times as likely as those of men of same age to be taken by robots

By Tom Witherow For The Daily Mail

Published: 21:04 EDT, 15 July 2019 | Updated: 21:05 EDT, 15 July 2019

Women are twice as likely to have jobs that could be replaced by robots, according to a study.

Around one in ten is in a role with a ‘high potential’ for automation such as social care, retail and hospitality.

Experts at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said women over 60 were at the greatest disadvantage. 

Experts at the Institute for Public Policy Research (handout picture shown) said women over 60 were at the greatest disadvantage

Their jobs are four times as likely as those of men of the same age to be taken by robots.

The think-tank’s Future Is Ours report said 9 per cent of women are in jobs at risk of automation, compared with 4 per cent of men. 

This means women make up 64 per cent of workers in roles with high potential for automation, while men make up 36 per cent. 

The think-tank’s Future Is Ours report said 9 per cent of women are in jobs at risk of automation, compared with 4 per cent of men. At-risk jobs include waiters, shelf-stackers (stock pictured) and retail roles

At-risk jobs include waiters, shelf-stackers and retail roles.

But the report added that, overall, jobs will be transformed, not eliminated, by automation.

Higher productivity could even boost women’s pay in lower income brackets – helping reduce the gender pay gap, authors said.

Carys Roberts, of the IPPR, said: ‘These changes may well affect men and women differently [but] with intervention, everyone including women can share in the productivity gains that automation brings.’

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