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Understanding the impact of AI in the workplace – Insights by Davenport Solicitors

29 April 2024
Understanding the impact of AI in the workplace – Insights by Davenport Solicitors

As the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) grows, the landscape of employment in the UK is undergoing significant shifts. With projections suggesting potential job losses and economic growth opportunities, it’s essential to understand the implications of AI adoption. At Davenport Solicitors, we delve into the complexities of AI’s impact on the UK job market and offer insights into addressing this evolving landscape.

Understanding the AI Disruption

  • Recent analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) warns that up to 8 million UK jobs are at risk due to AI integration.
  • AI already influences 11% of tasks performed by UK workers, a figure that could surge to nearly 60% with deeper integration of the technology.
  • While part-time, entry-level, and back-office roles are most vulnerable, higher-paying positions will also feel the impact of AI adoption.

Government Policy and Economic Impact

  • The UK government’s stance on AI adoption will be pivotal in determining the balance between job losses and economic growth.
  • Modeling scenarios of AI adoption’s impact, the IPPR suggests that with appropriate policy measures, AI could contribute £306 billion annually to the UK economy while avoiding job losses.
  • However, without policy changes, AI has the potential to eliminate 8 million jobs without generating any economic gains.

Implications for Workers and Businesses

  • Women and young people are particularly vulnerable to displacement by AI, as they are disproportionately employed in roles most affected by the technology.
  • The UK lags behind other countries in AI skills, with fewer than half of businesses investing in upskilling their workforce, according to research from LinkedIn.
  • Businesses must invest in skills development to bridge the gap between existing and required skills, ensuring a smooth transition in the face of AI disruption.

Recommendations for Action

  • The IPPR calls for the development of an industrial AI strategy to support job transitions and distribute automation gains equitably across the economy.
  • Fiscal incentives, regulatory changes, and support for green jobs less prone to automation are among the recommendations to mitigate the negative impacts of AI.
  • At both organizational and national levels, investing in skills development is crucial to adapt to the changing demands of the AI-driven workplace.


As AI continues to reshape the UK job market, proactive measures are essential to harness its potential while mitigating adverse effects. At Davenport Solicitors, we’re committed to providing legal guidance and support to understand and address the impact of AI adoption on employment. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in adapting to the changing landscape of work in the age of AI.

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