AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE? LOCALIS response to Jeremy Corbyn's speech to Labour Party Conference





In response to today's conference speech by leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, in which he will call for the establishment of a National Education Service, Localis chief executive Liam Booth-Smith said: “Jeremy Corbyn has hit upon the right diagnosis in automation, but has fluffed his policy response to the problem.

“The creation of a National Education Service is the wrong answer to the question posed by industrial and technology-driven change. Top-down solutions should not be automatic for the people.

“Localis research has helped further identify those areas of the country most at risk from automation, and the difference between those prosperous local economies well-poised to make the leap and more disadvantaged regions, likely to experience industrial failure, is huge.

“In around half the areas of the country we don’t need a top-down, centrally-imposed skills service but require more local solutions attuned to business needs. There is no time to lose, so why waste time and squander resources for reskilling local labour markets appropriately?

“In our view, there is a crucial role for places, empowered by Westminster, to play in easing this transition and helping the current occupants of these jobs stay active and equipped in the labour market.

“Our forthcoming report will argue for a smoothing in the transition, not just in the automation of manual jobs but also in the labour shortfall some areas will face with the introduction of national-level immigration controls in the wake of the UK’s exit from the European Union.”

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Notes to editors

Localis supported by the County Council’s Network, is currently undertaking a major new research project into local labour market influencing and will issue its full report on Monday 6 November.

http://www.localis.org.uk/research/labour-market-influencing/

Localis has produced a scorecard ranking 47 strategic authority areas of the country most at risk from the automation of jobs (see below) in which Brighton and Hove is best-placed to cope with change and Northamptonshire most at risk.

The ‘automation score’ is the amount of the area’s total employment taken up by the sectors identified by PwC as being most likely to see a large increase in automation by 2030. We take the number of local jobs in these sectors and - using the percentage of jobs within the sector identified as ‘high risk’ – produce an overall percentage of the area’s jobs which are at high risk of being automated. We index these statistics with the average being 100 to create a simple score for an area’s risk exposure.”

For more background and context, please read our recent blogpost on the subject:

http://www.localis.org.uk/news/scarce-not-absent-local-level-look-future-automation-uk/

Area

Automation Risk (100 = England Average)

1

Brighton and Hove

34

2

London

54

3

Berkshire

58

3

Surrey

58

5

Oxfordshire

59

6

East Sussex

60

7

West of England

77

8

Dorset

79

8

Tees Valley

79

10

Northumberland

81

11

Hampshire & Isle of Wight

83

12

Tyne and Wear

85

13

Cornwall

88

14

Shropshire

89

15

Liverpool City Region

90

16

Devon

91

17

Essex

92

18

County Durham

94

19

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

95

19

Gloucestershire

95

21

Kent

97

22

Greater Manchester

98

22

Hertfordshire

98

22

Norfolk

98

25

North Yorkshire

101

25

Swindon and Wiltshire

101

27

Bedfordshire

102

27

Cheshire & Warrington

102

27

Lancashire

102

30

Sheffield City Region

103

31

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes

104

31

Leeds City Region

104

33

Somerset

108

34

West Sussex

111

35

West Midlands

112

36

Cumbria

114

36

Nottinghamshire

114

38

Worcestershire

115

39

Herefordshire, County of

120

39

Suffolk

120

41

Warwickshire

127

42

Lincolnshire

129

43

Staffordshire

131

44

Hull City Region

132

45

Derbyshire

138

45

Leicestershire

138

47

Northamptonshire

147

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