Basic sales jobs at risk

25th June 2019 |   Journal Of Sales Transformation

Elementary sales jobs are among those at high risk of automation in England, according to recent analysis by Office for National Statistics (ONS). Around 1.5 million jobs (7.4%) in England are at high risk of some of their duties and tasks being automated in the future.

“When considering the overall risk of automation, the three occupations with the highest probability of automation are waiters and waitresses, shelf fillers and elementary sales occupations, all of which are low skilled or routine,” the ONS told the Journal.

“It is not so much that robots are taking over, but that routine and repetitive tasks can be carried out more quickly and efficiently by an algorithm written by a human, or a machine designed for one specific function. The risk of automation tends to be higher for lower-skilled roles for this reason.”