Poorer workers hardest hit by strong arm of robotics

July 9, 2017by: Sarah O’Connor, Employment Correspondent In the race against the machines, it helps to be posh. The next wave of automation is threatening to undermine social mobility further in Britain by favouring people from affluent backgrounds, according to a report by the Boston Consulting Group. As workers lose their jobs to robots, “soft skills” such as confidence and communication are set to become more valuable, the consultancy found in a report for the Sutton Trust, a charity focused on social mobility. It predicted this would benefit those from higher socio-economic backgrounds, “who typically have greater opportunities to develop these skills”. The report also warned that the pace of technological change meant people would need to retrain more frequently — another disadvantage for people from poorer backgrounds. Britain’s employers…


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