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Nearly 8 million UK jobs at risk of AI apocalypse

An Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) paper highlights the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to change the nature of work, raising both opportunities and concerns. This thorough investigation suggests that the introduction of AI technology could lead to an impending “apocalypse” of jobs, with about 8 million jobs in the UK potentially in jeopardy. Here, we examine the report’s ramifications and the opportunities and difficulties that lay ahead.

The rise of AI and job insecurity

The results of the IPPR suggest that implementing AI in the workplace may result in a large loss of jobs. Particularly at risk are entry-level, part-time, and administrative positions; women, younger employees, and those in lower-paying jobs are most at risk. According to the “worst-case scenario” presented in the paper, as businesses increasingly use generative AI technologies—which can handle anything from text generation to database management—nearly 8 million jobs might be lost.

A “sliding doors” moment for the UK economy

The IPPR cautions that the UK is at a turning point in its adoption of AI, with the first wave already under way. During this first stage, many current employment may be replaced by the automation of cognitive tasks that are routine, like database maintenance and scheduling. But the real threat to the workforce may come from the second wave of AI, which can handle more intricate tasks like graphic design and copywriting.

Impact of AI and gender disparities

The IPPR analysis highlights a troubling aspect: women are disproportionately affected by AI. Women are disproportionately likely to lose their jobs because to their overrepresentation in jobs that are most automated, like secretarial and administrative duties. This emphasizes how specific measures are needed to overcome gender differences in the changing labor market.

The adoption of AI and its economic paradox

Two opposing future scenarios are presented in the IPPR report: one in which AI causes enormous job losses and stagnate economic growth, and the other in which AI increases labor productivity and might improve the UK economy by 4%, or almost £92 billion, per year. This paradox highlights both the revolutionary potential of AI and the necessity of exercising caution when implementing it.

Government, employers, and unions: The way ahead

Employers, unions, and the government should take proactive steps to prevent a “jobs apocalypse,” according to the IPPR. Senior economist at IPPR Carsten Jung emphasizes that although AI has the potential to significantly change the labor economy, such results are not guaranteed. By taking calculated risks now, we can make sure that artificial intelligence (AI) leads to economic expansion and higher living standards rather than becoming a sign of mass job loss.


The paper from the IPPR is a helpful reminder of the difficulties and possibilities that artificial intelligence poses. In order to maximize the advantages of artificial intelligence (AI) while minimizing its risks, it is critical that all stakeholders—policymakers, companies, and employees alike—engage in candid communication and cooperation as the UK navigates this shift. The UK can guarantee that the future of employment is inclusive, equitable, and prosperous for everyone by taking this action.