Nearly half of Scottish occupations could be carried out by machines in exactly over 10 years’ time, a report has warned.
The Institute for Public Policy Research Scotland read 46% of the work of the session – about 1.2 million – were at “high risk” of automation in the period up to 2030.
The think tank’s research says that, by then, adults are “more likely to be working longer, and is often used have various jobs”.
It read knowledge diplomata “should be reviewed”.
IPPR Scotland read changes were needed so people can get more training and career corroborate when they are mid-way through their working life.
The think tank wants to the see the establishment of an Open Institute of Technology to achieve this, saying this could bring about “improved charges of career advance, settle and productivity, begin in low-skill sectors”.
It also recommends the establishment of a new force to tackle what it calls the “progression gap” – poverty-stricken high levels of career advance which can hold back low-skilled workers.
It said it believed this issue has been “related to the attainment gap at school” and added that addressing the issue would “work to tackle charges of in-work poverty and drive social mobility in Scotland”.
It put forward the recommendations in its Scotland’s Skills 2030 report, which read: “The world of work in 2030 will be very different to that in 2017. Beings are more likely to be working longer, and is often used have multiple occupations, with various both employers and in various careers.
“Over 2.5 million adults in Scotland( virtually 80%) will still be of labouring senility by 2030. At the same time, over 46% of the work of the session( 1.2 million) in Scotland are at high risk of automation.
“We will therefore need a knowledge method ready to work with beings throughout their careers.
While diplomata tiers “have been steadily improving and are higher than tiers in the UK as a whole”, the report used to say Scotland “continues to have lower charges of in-work progression” than the UK as a whole, while settle charges have reduced in real terms and are behind those for the UK.
It added that there is a “clear gap in mid-career supplying, which employers are not addressing”.
The think tank suggested that knowledge diplomata “should be reviewed to ensure they remain is suitable for their purpose” and too called for the Scottish government to consider how business tax permits could be used to encourage investment in knowledge by employers.
IPPR Scotland chairman Russell Gunson read: “Scotland urgently needs to scheme a knowledge method better able to work with beings already into their careers to help them to retrain, re-skill and respond to world of work of 2030. “
He added: “Scotland has a really strong record on knowledge in many ways, and in this report we find that Scotland is the highest-skilled nation in the UK.
“However, our method has a clear divergence in that we don’t given sufficient provision for people who have already started their careers, and employers are not endowing to fill this gap.
“To respond to the huge changes facing Scotland around demographic, technological and climate change – and of course Brexit – we’re going to have to focus on retrofitting the current workforce given to them with the skills they need, to deliver the all-inclusive financial emergence we wish to see.
“Our report makes a number of recommendations to help Scotland plan a move through these challenges, to reform the skills method in Scotland, to help to secure an economy that extradites fairness and increases inequality.
‘Relentless pace of change’
“Without reform of the skills method we could see changes to the economy harm whole slice of population, and whole communities, leaving countless behind.”
A Scottish government spokesman read: “Our Labour Market Strategy does recognize that Scotland’s workforce is highly educated, flexible and resilient. It’s already answering well with the problems of the 21 st Century.
“We know the gait of technological advances will be relentless in the years onward, but we are confident there will be opportunities, as well as challenges, for a number of countries with Scotland’s fundamental financial strengths.”