Double whammy! In addition to losing their jobs, low-wage workers are most likely to be displaced by machines

The epidemic is accelerating technological change in the workplace, with more than half of unemployed workers and the highest risk of losing their jobs to machines.

The Commission on Workers and Technology, chaired by Yvette Cooper, a UK MP, found that Workers in sectors hardest hit by The epidemic, such as accommodation, leisure and retail, face a “double whammy”, with their jobs most likely to be replaced by automation, The Guardian reported.

Of the 9.6m workers laid off in the first half of this year, 5.9m, or 61 per cent, were in industries where automation was most likely to lead to job losses.

During the epidemic, millions of people worked from home using new technologies, including remote video conferencing, and while business owners used the new technology to survive, the study found that many jobs that were laid off were difficult to return to.

The need to maintain social distance, work remotely and shop online has led consumers and businesses to make a difference. Tens of thousands of jobs have been cut as spending in brick-and-mortar stores has collapsed, while online shopping has exploded and Jiahui has fewer employees and relies heavily on automation.

The Labour and Technical Committee urged the authorities to increase spending to support the unemployed and job training in order to assist workers in finding new jobs. Failure to act risks accelerating social unrest and increasing inequality.

According to the commission’s report, low-paid and vulnerable workers are most likely to work in jobs that are at high risk of automation.