Employment: Artificial Intelligence

Department for Science, Innovation and Technology written question – answered at on 29 January 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Moyo Baroness Moyo Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of jobs that will be replaced by artificial intelligence between 2024 and 2030.

Photo of Viscount Camrose Viscount Camrose Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

AI has the potential to be a net creator of jobs and have a positive impact on economic growth: there are currently over 200,000 vacancies in the UK demanding AI skills and the jobs created by the AI economy are 7% more productive than the average UK job (CBI, 2023).

Rather than replacing jobs, AI is currently changing them, and the skills needed to carry them out. It has the potential to free workers from monotonous tasks like inputting data or filling out paperwork, allowing them to spend more time on creative and meaningful activities. Around 2.5% of overall tasks on average could be performed by generative AI, with 40% of jobs seeing some impact from the technology (KMPG, Generative AI and the UK labour market, 2023). While some tasks within jobs might be augmented by AI, humans are necessary to apply judgement, empathy and creativity to AI tools. We continue to monitor and research the impacts of AI on the labour market.

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