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Fewer jobs, better jobs? An international comparative study of robots and 'routine' work in the public sector

Lloyd, Caroline and Payne, Jonathan 2021. Fewer jobs, better jobs? An international comparative study of robots and 'routine' work in the public sector. Industrial Relations Journal 52 (2) , pp. 109-124. 10.1111/irj.12323

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Abstract

Routine manual work is often considered particularly vulnerable to digitalisation. Alongside potential employment effects, jobs are expected to change in terms of task and skill requirements. This article contributes to debates on the pace of digitalisation and the impact on low‐skilled manual work through a study of transport robots in public hospitals in Norway and Scotland. Drawing on qualitative research, the findings are used to analyse the role of unions, as part of ‘country’ and ‘sector’ effects, shaping digitalisation and its outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0019-8692
Funders: British Academy/Leverhulme
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 22 February 2021
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:47
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/139408

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