Work and automation in the time of Covid-19 - RSA

Work and automation in the time of Covid-19


  • Technology
  • Work and employment


Covid-19 looks likely to create ‘a tsunami of job losses’. There are also signs the pandemic could rapidly accelerate the pace of technological change. 

This report explores how these forces could interact to fundamentally reshape the labour market.

We set out a risk register that combines an analysis of the impacts of the pandemic on different sectors, with measures of automation risk and their growth or decline over the last decade.

Our aim is to help decision makers identify the jobs which are vulnerable or resilient to these two different forces. We make recommendations for what policy support is needed to make sure all workers can gain or retain access to good work, during the pandemic and beyond.

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