Robots are predicted to increasingly take the place of humans in certain roles

Robots threatening more jobs than immigrants Labour MP says

Robots are a greater threat to the job prospects of youngsters than immigrants, Labour's Stella Creasy has told ministers.

She said the new generation is seeing changes occur within a decade rather than their lifetime, with manual and skilled labour already being replaced by technology.

The Walthamstow MP told the Commons the pace of change means there is little certainty for children and young adults but also more second chances than ever before for those capable of learning or developing skills.

Speaking during the debate over the Queen's Speech, which also referred to driverless cars, drones and a commercial spaceport, Creasy called for the government to do more to stop existing inequalities which define life chances from being reinforced.

"When I was involved in the scouts, we always said the key to understanding youth work was to recognise that while everybody has been a 15-year-old not everyone has been a 15-year-old in today's world,” she said.

"If we really want to improve the life chances of today's young people, they don't just need our help to get them a job - they aren't just seeking an industry, a profession.

"They live in a world where it's predicted they will hold seven different careers, two of which are yet to be invented.

"The real challenge to their future prospects is not Romanian immigrants, it's robots.

"Just like Friends Reunited was overtaken by Facebook, so technology is replacing not just manual labour but skilled too.

“We’re failing the next generation by not acting to help them navigate the world to come, my fear is with this Queen's Speech we can end up reinforcing the inequalities that already define life chances for so many."

In November, Andrew Haldane, the chief economist at the Bank of England, predicted that 15 million UK jobs could be lost to robots in the future.

The World Economic Forum has also predicted that five million people across the world will lose their jobs in the next five years to the same fate.

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