United Kingdom - Profile of the public services - February 28, 2017

The Reform think-tank published a ‘work in progress’ report dedicated to the public-sector workforce. The authors state that recruitment difficulty is experienced because the pay differentials between public and private-sector commercial directors are still too large. Public services also suffer from a skills deficit in key areas. According to the report, robots and computers could replace almost 250,000 public sector jobs over the next 15 years. Using websites and artificially intelligent ‘chat bots’ could improve efficiency and save billions of pounds - but at huge cost for workers who lose steady jobs. The changes could also affect around 30% of nursing tasks, including information collection and handing out non-intravenous medication, and even doctors. Reform argues that public services should embrace the ‘gig economy’ - with workers picking up jobs on an ad hoc basis through online platforms.

English: http://www.reform.uk/wp-content ... 

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