Exclusive: Machines 'could do a third of British jobs by 2030'

Machines will be capable of doing more than a third of Britons' jobs by 2030, exclusive research for ITV's Tonight predicts.

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Rise of automation 'will hit low income workers hardest'

People on low incomes will be the hardest hit by the introduction of automation in the workplace in the next few decades, exclusive research for ITV's Tonight programme has found.

According to the research, people earning under £20,000 pounds a year are five times more likely to find that a machine will be capable of doing their job by 2030 than those that earn £100,000 a year.

Tonight: Man versus Machine airs on ITV at 7.30pm tonight (24 April).

Machines 'could do a third of British jobs by 2030'

Barclays is one business increasingly investing in machines. Credit: Tonight/ITV

Machines will be capable of doing more than a third of Britons' jobs by 2030, exclusive research for ITV's Tonight predicts.

The study by the University of Oxford looked at 702 different categories of occupation and found that 36% of the UK workforce are in jobs where there is a high risk that a machine could be capable of doing their work by that time.

The programme, which airs at 7.30pm on ITV, sees a range of experts predicting that technological changes in the coming decades will be at a pace not seen since the industrial revolution of the 19th century.

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