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EU migrants make up 11% of manufacturing workforce - ONS

BBC News

EU migrants make up more than one in 10 manufacturing sector workers in the UK, official figures have shown. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also said EU workers from outside the UK tended to work longer hours than the workforce average. And it said non-UK workers were more likely to be overqualified for the jobs they were doing. The government is planning to change the way migration is managed after Britain leaves the EU. It has not yet set out the model it will adopt once EU free movement rules no longer apply, but has pledged that the "brightest and best" will continue to be attracted to the UK.


AI Will Amplify The Manufacturing Workforce

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Every day, we hear of new examples of artificial intelligence (AI) being used to support, or supplant, the human workforce. Many of these discussions revolve around consumer-facing situations. However, the AI wave could have an even larger impact on the manufacturing sector, with its complex processes and machine-to-machine interactions spanning products and assets, within factories and across global supply networks. This was highlighted in a recent study that investigated the approach of senior decision-makers in large organizations toward AI and its future applications. Consider the digitization of factories.


Does the next industrial revolution spell the end of manufacturing jobs?

The Independent - Tech

Robots have been taking our jobs since the 1960s. So why are politicians and business leaders only now becoming so worried about robots causing mass unemployment? It comes down to the question of what a robot really is. While science fiction has often portrayed robots as androids carrying out tasks in much the same way as humans do, the reality is that robots take much more specialised forms. Traditional 20th-century robots were automated machines and robotic arms building cars in factories.


Does the next industrial revolution spell the end of manufacturing jobs?

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Robots have been taking our jobs since the 1960s. So why are politicians and business leaders only now becoming so worried about robots causing mass unemployment? It comes down to the question of what a robot really is. While science fiction has often portrayed robots as androids carrying out tasks in the much the same way as humans, the reality is that robots take much more specialised forms. Traditional 20th century robots were automated machines and robotic arms building cars in factories.


How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Manufacturing Workforce

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While Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most disruptive technologies impacting manufacturing, it is also one of the most controversial. The race to implement AI is accelerating faster than ever before, and we are already witnessing major progress in the Robotics, Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics as a result. From speeding shop floor operations and automating routine decisions, to advising on executive-level decisions -- AI is already creating value in manufacturing by automating and streamlining the entire ecosystem. In fact, it has become so instrumental that some wonder if factories will rely on machines altogether, eliminating jobs. While this can be a sensitive subject, managers should weight the benefits and risk of AI and learn they can best deploy it in their enterprise.