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Automation in the Scottish Economy

Slide outlining construction sector in 2025

The growing level of automation in Scotland’s economy and the implications for our workforce was the subject of a Scotland’s Futures Forum’s Breakfast Seminar in 2017.

Hosted by Richard Leonard MSP on behalf of the Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, the seminar heard from Ewan Mearns of Scottish Enterprise’s strategy and sectors team on recent research it has carried out on the developing role of robotics and artificial intelligence in Scotland. Anne Douglas, co-chair of the Scottish Government’s Fair Work Convention and Futures Forum director, provided her reflections on the future of fair work in the 21st century.

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