UK ‘Lagging Behind’ Other Nations In Automation

A new report has suggested that businesses in the UK could risk being left behind if the government doesn’t ramp up its efforts where automation and the adoption of robots is concerned.

The Automation and the Future of Work publication indicated that other countries have been able to pull ahead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, seizing the opportunities for jobs and economic growth before the UK because of its slower pace in moving to automation.

Business productivity is being harmed by a lack of awareness and understanding of what automation is, particularly where small to medium-sized enterprises are concerned. The report recommended that the government sets up an impartial source of advice for businesses looking to invest in automation.

Chair of the committee Rachel Reeves explained that the move to automation will prove challenging for both businesses and employees, with real fears emerging about job role disruption and making a living.

“Productivity, economic growth, and ultimately job creation and higher earnings, will flow to those countries that capitalise on these technologies.The government has failed to provide the leadership needed to help drive investment in automation and robot technologies.

“If we are to reap the potential benefits in the future of improved living standards, more fulfilling work, and the four-day working week, the government needs to do more to support British businesses and universities to collaborate and innovate,” she went on to say.

Happily, it seems that professionals aren’t overly concerned about the impact that automation could well have on the working landscape in this country. Recent research from Hays found that more than 90 per cent of people think technology is changing their workforce – and their lives – for the better.

They seem ready to embrace automation, with 80 per cent saying that they’re interested in using the latest digital tech in the workplace, while 86 per cent say they’re already using automation in the workplace… and 93 per cent believing it is changing their working lives for the better.

When asked about their workload and life in the office following the introduction of automation, many reported that the types of tasks carried out by their team has changed. Some 15 per cent said tasks had decreased, with 36 per cent believing these to be administrative. 

Managing director of Hays UK & Ireland Simon Winfield explained that employees think automation allows them to be more valuable to a company, agreeing with employers that a successful rollout needs a positive attitude and an open mind where change is concerned.

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