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Businesses Need To Equip Employees With Digital Skills Before Robots Take Their Jobs

Businesses Need To Equip Employees With Digital Skills Before Robots Take Their Jobs

UK businesses are being urged to equip their employees with digital skills before artificial intelligence (AI) makes their role redundant, according to a new report by PwC. It’s now estimated that more than 10 million UK employees risk losing their jobs within the next 15 years as more and more routine tasks are being automated –  with 30% of the workforce potentially at risk. When broken down by sector, the wholesale and retail industry is most likely to bear the brunt of digitalisation with 2.25 million workers on the brink of being let go. This is followed by 1.2 million in manufacturing, 1.1 million in administrative and support services and 950,000 in transport and storage. It’s predicted that while such an automation process will actually boost productivity and create new job opportu... »

Quarter of Small Businesses Don’t Have Basic IT Skills

Quarter of Small Businesses Don’t Have Basic IT Skills

A quarter of the UK’s small and medium business owners admit that they lack basic digital skills and could be missing out on opportunities over the web, as new government research points to strong correlation between digital skills and high turnover. The report, entitled Digital Capabilities in SMEs, featured 803 small firms and was conducted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) which found that, while 98% of small businesses use the internet for business purposes, only 64% have a website. Most business owners used the web for online banking and to email customers but only 20% used the internet for ecommerce sales. Of the businesses that didn’t have a website, a staggering 77% said they believed a site was not necessary. Other reasons small businesses gave for not h... »