By Jonathan Davies

Around 10 million jobs could be lost over the next 20 years due to computers and robotics taking over the roles, according to a joint report by Deloitte and Oxford University.

The research suggested that low-paid, repetitive jobs are more likely to go, with people earning less than £30,000 five times more likely to lose their job than those earning £100,000.

Deloitte and Oxford University said that advances in technology could make around a third of the UK's entire workforce redundant.

Angus Knowles-Cutler, London senior partner at Deloitte, said: “Technological advances are likely to cause a major shift in the UK labour market in the coming decades. Unless these changes are fully understood and anticipated, there will be a risk of avoidable unemployment and under-employment.

“A widening gap between the 'haves’ and 'have nots’ is also a risk as lower skill jobs continue to disappear.”

The research suggested that the positions most likely to go are repetitive processing, clerical duties and support services in sectors like administration, sales, transportation, construction, mining, energy and production.

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