Jobs and Technology

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5904
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following publication of a new report by the University of Oxford which suggests a third of British jobs could be replaced by machines within the next two decades, what steps are you taking to ensure London's jobs market is able to adapt to emerging technologies and create as many jobs as are lost?

Answer

Answer for Jobs and Technology

Answer for Jobs and Technology

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The same report highlighted that London has been successful in adapting to the demands of employers for talented staff, and London organisations are creating jobs that require digital know-how, creativity, management skills and entrepreneurship.

As well as promoting London's strength in growth sectors such as technology and life sciences internationally, I am undertaking a broad range of actions to ensure Londoners are best able to take part in this high tech revolution. I have supported an increase in technology apprenticeships, I am developing a Digital Skills programme, and my Digital Inclusion strategy is due to be published shortly.