Jobs in hospitality and manufacturing are likely to be hardest hit by automation driven by the virus crisis, a new report suggests.
Work seen as able to withstand the increased use of robots risks being "abandoned" to Covid-19, warned the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
The Government's response to the virus is giving false hope to many workers in sectors without a long-term future in the age of automation, according to the report. Ministers were urged to give more support to help workers retrain.
Hospitality, sports and recreation, and parts of manufacturing are the sectors most likely to face widespread job losses as Covid-19 accelerates automation, said the RSA. Its research suggested the pandemic was accelerating trends to automation, as changing consumer trends, public health measures, and the cost of labour boosted "the rise of the robots."
Five years of digital transformation have happened in the last months in sectors including retail, which has seen a big increase in online sales, said the report.