Workers in the North are more at risk of being replaced by robots than Southerners.
Older workers in northern cities are particularly vulnerable to automation because they are more likely to be in lower skilled jobs and could struggle to find new posts.
More than one in four jobs in Mansfield, Stoke, Doncaster and Blackburn are at danger from robots and artificial intelligence.
Just 13% of jobs in Oxford and Cambridge are under threat, said the Centre for Cities think tank.
The report said: “Today’s least productive cities are those most exposed to the risk of job losses.”
Shopworkers union Usdaw said the economic force of London and the South East had “diverted talent and investment” from other areas.
Up to a fifth of shop workers could be replaced by technology.
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