Study finds that jobs in Donegal most at risk of automation

Two out of every five jobs at high risk of automation

Study finds that jobs in Donegal most at risk of automation

The impact of automation in Ireland is going to be felt in Donegal, according to a new study, with two out of every five jobs at high risk of automation.

The report, conducted by researchers at University College Cork, identifies ten towns most at risk of jobs automation.

Using 2016 Census data, researchers at UCC were able to identify what towns in Ireland will be most impacted.

The study which is called 'Automation in Irish Towns: Who's Most at Risk?' examines the impact of automation across urban areas in Ireland, and identifies those towns where jobs are at a high risk of automation, and the towns where jobs are at a lower risk of automation.

The report will be presented today at a Creative Rural Economy event in Cork.

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.

The study found that Lifford, Donegal, Edgeworthstown in Co Longford, as well as Fethard and Cahir in Tipperary, are among the top ten towns most at risk of job losses due to automation.

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

Report co-author Dr Frank Crowley said 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.

Towns most at risk of automation:

1. Edgeworthstown, Co Longford
2. Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan
3. Carrick-On-Suir, Co Tipperary
4. Portlaw, Co Waterford
5. Clones, Co Monaghan
6. Tullow, Co Carlow
7. Cahir, Co Tipperary
8. Lifford, Co Donegal
9. Edenderry, Co Offaly
10. Fethard, Co Tipperary

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