Workers' top concerns revealed


According to new findings from Indeed, the world’s largest job site, workers in the UK are most concerned about the falling value of the pound, followed by jobs being lost in the process of automation.

Indeed’s ‘Employment Election 2017’ study, reveals that far from workers being most concerned about the threat to jobs from immigration, it is sixth on the list, with only changes to the benefits system trailing behind.

Brexit is viewed as a net threat to job security, and is beaten into fourth place by Outsourcing. Less than a third of people surveyed think that the process of the UK leaving the European Union is likely to drive employment, while almost a half think it will have the opposite effect.

So while immigration has been a major talking point in the lead up to the General Election, workers are more concerned with the impact of automation.

And at a time when the latest ONS figures reveal a fall in net migration to the UK, Indeed’s findings reveal that workers are more concerned with jobs being exported than being replaced.

Top 6 threats ranked by UK workers in the order of importance:

1.    The falling value of the pound
2.    Automation
3.    Outsourcing
4.    Brexit
5.    Globalisation
6.    Immigration
7.    Changes to the benefits system

Mariano Mamertino, EMEA economist at Indeed, said “Workers have identified the threat of automation, even if politicians have largely ignored it. In the run-up to the election we have seen campaigns focused on issues such as Brexit, immigration and tax.

“However, these results show that the average worker is much more unnerved by the prospect of being replaced by a machine and companies moving jobs abroad, rather than competition from immigration. With net migration to the UK falling in 2016, workers are perhaps ahead of the politicians here.

“While automation and globalisation are a threat to some jobs, they also underpin overall economic growth. These are labour market shifts that have an uneven impact on workers and regions, and politicians should demonstrate long-term thinking on jobs and employment in order to tip the balance in favour of the workers who will be hardest hit.”

"Disappearing jobs can be a frightening concept and it’s impossible to know exactly which jobs are ‘safe’ — but everyone can prepare for the future by building up transferable, non-routine skills that can be applied across a wide array of occupations.”

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

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Workers' top concerns revealed