There has been much speculation over the impact that technology and AI will have in the near future on workers' roles where these lend themselves to automation. Some suggest that there will be a drastic increase in unemployment, while others predict that new roles and ways of working will develop that will improve prospects for workers and boost the economy.
Whatever the position, it is safe to predict that the human workforce will need to adapt, taking on new skills and perhaps providing services in a different way in the future. If this is to be achieved, there need be plans and infrastructure in place which anticipate what skills and training people will need to cushion the blow when AI gains traction.
The Institute for Public Policy Research Scotland said 46% of jobs - about 1.2 million - were at "high risk" of automation in the period up to 2030.The think tank's research says that, by then, adults are "more likely to be working longer, and will often have multiple jobs".It said skills qualifications "should be reviewed".