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Lifford at risk of losing jobs through automation

LIFFORD is among the Irish towns most at risk of losing jobs through  automation, according to a new study.

The report, conducted by researchers at University College Cork, found  that two out of every five jobs currently done manually could  eventually be replaced by machines.

Using 2016 census data, researchers at University College Cork were  able to identify what towns in Ireland will be most impacted.

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Number eight on the list is Lifford.

According to the study, jobs most at risk of automation include office  and secretarial positions, process plant operators, jobs in  agriculture and customer service.

Jobs in teaching, health and social care and research and development  are less likely to be affected. Key factors, according to report co-author Dr Frank Crowley, are  education levels and the number of skilled jobs an area has.

“Not surprisingly we find a significantly large marginal value  associated with the proportion of third level graduates in a town,” Dr  Crowley wrote.

“Towns endowed with a more educated workforce are less susceptible to  automation.

“It would be expected that places endowed with a greater proportion of  educated workers are more likely to create and attract more highly  skilled businesses and jobs that will be less exposed to automation.”

Most at risk of job losses due to automation is Edgeworthstown in Co  Longford, followed by the Cavan town of Ballyjamesduff.

Towns such as Portmarnock in Dublin and Annacotty in Limerick are  least likely to be affected.

Dr Frank Crowley said that with constant advances in technology the  impact of automation is going to be felt far and wide and it demands a  national policy that is not one-size-fits-all.

He said that predictions are that the developments will come to pass  over the next two decades.

“It will take time though and it is not Armageddon,” added the  professor.

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