low-skilled laborLast updated
Low-skilled labor is associated with a minimal skill set and frequently associated with a lower rate of pay (usually hourly) and a lack of educational attainment. Some government departments and organizations use the term “unskilled work,” though clarifying the criteria is helpful. Terms such as “low-skilled” may be more accurate than “unskilled,” particularly when contrasting with “skilled labor.” “Manual” and “physical” labor are also preferred terms, when applicable, though not all low-skilled labor is necessarily defined or understood as being overly physical. Examples of such jobs range from janitorial workers to farm and agricultural laborers to parking attendants.
- ‘Unskilled’ labor is a misnomer: term disrespected by mainstream culture. (Monterey County Weekly)
- Labor shortage: The US doesn’t have enough workers to fill open jobs (Vox)
Low-skilled labor is associated with a lack of specialized training or educational attainment, requiring only a minimal skill set. The term “manual labor” is also used; some government departments and organizations refer to unskilled work or unskilled labor, though clarifying the criteria is helpful.