How automation may affect your job

How automation may affect your job

With interest in automation growing, it seems likely that robots and computers will play more of a role in many industries. Driving jobs in particular are under threat of replacement - find out below if your position is safe.

The impact of driverless technology on jobs

With investment in driverless technology growing it seems like a not too distant reality that driverless cars and other vehicles will become common sites on the streets.

With technology and artificial intelligence increasingly playing a role in many industries and changing the way we work, how will driverless technology affect those whose job is reliant on or even defined by driving? We’ve analysed the most common driving professions and the likelihood they will become automated - find out the driving professions most likely to disappear in a driverless world, and those that are here to stay.

Driving jobs and automation statistics

Top 5 driving professions likely to be automated

Top 10 jobs at risk of automation

Driving roles at risk of automation

Over the last five years alone there have been a range of advancements in vehicle automation, from Just Eat trialing the world’s first drone-delivered meal using a pavement robot, to Waymo’s self-driving vans which analyse the world around them.

Other companies, such as Uber Freight and mobility firm Navya have begun developing larger self-driving vehicles in the form of commercial cargo vehicles and driverless buses respectively, whilst Volvo has debuted a prototype bin lorry, which follows a human driver down the road using an overhead drone.

Driving roles at risk of automation

Job type Average wage Number employed
Coach driver £18,645 140,000
Package delivery driver  £17,959 155,000
Post delivery driver £21,245 155,000
Minibus driver £17,136 24,000
Fire engine operator  £30,000 32,227
Ambulance driver £20,776 22,290
Driving instructor £42,500 29,000
Police driver  £22,307 165,130

Accident comparison

One of the main drivers of vehicle automation is to reduce accidents with human error the main cause of accidents today. However despite those who drive for work spending more time on the road than the average motorist they are less likely to be involved in an accident.

Accident comparison

The reduced risk of accident as a result of a higher skill level on the road is further emphasised in the premiums drivers pay. When running a car insurance quote the driver is asked to determine their use type, either social only, social and commuting or social, commuting and for business. Those who chose social, commuting and for business were quoted £455 on average for their insurance premium, significantly lower than social drivers.

Cost of insurance

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Sources & Methodology

All data on How Automation May Affect Your Job has been taken from desk research on possible automation in the UK. We used relevant articles and sources to provide accurate research.
Where we were not able to find average salaries for positions, we instead created a UK average from job listings. For insurance costs, where exact job titles were unavailable, the nearest positions were used - including "police officer" for "police driver" and "firefighter" for "fire engine driver".

In cases where job titles overlapped in terms of government data, the same number of jobs has been used in both cases.

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