What impact is automation having on our jobs? What does this mean for geographic and intergenerational inequality? What can we do about it?

According to the London Futures Deloitte report (Frey and Osborne, 2014), 35% of the current workforce in the UK is at risk of being made redundant over the next two decades as a result of the introduction of digital robots that will replace their tasks. For those that manage to remain employed, questions remain as to how automation will affect their experiences of employment.

Adding new insights to debate on the onset of automation and its impact on the current and future workforce, we are working with the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex who has analysed what has already happened to jobs as a result of technological innovation. Their research highlights the potentially damaging impacts this can have on low skilled workers in working-class areas and especially among young people.

The Young Foundation is working with SPRU to produce a set of policy recommendations to tackle these urgent issues.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this project will culminate in a co-produced research and policy paper, which will outline how we think corporate innovation can be used to ensure an inclusive, as well as prosperous, economy.