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According to a new survey, robots are set to take 66 million jobs

Some people are at more risk than others

It's the will they won't they story of our generation. But according to a new study by the OECD (a big global economics group), 66 million jobs are at risk of being taken over by robots.

What it means: As machines get better and better at doing stuff, people are worried humans are going to become redundant. Some jobs are more vulnerable than others: if what you do is mechanical, or a repetitive task (data entry, for example) then there's a chance someone could write a computer programme to do it faster.

According to the OECD low-skilled people and young people are among those most at risk. Jobs at highest risk tending to be in low-skill sectors such as food preparation, cleaning and labouring. The OECD is also saying that people most at risk are most likely to have been trained to have had on-the-job training, in other words, their skills might not be the most transferrable. It's recommending investing in training and work experience for young people to make sure they're not left without work.

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