37 jobs this Tory think tank considers unskilled

The think tank reckons if you earn under £37k, you're unskilled.

After the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) declared that you should have to earn £36,700 a year to be considered skilled, we’ve looked into all the professions where the average wage is less than this.

As three-quarters of UK taxpayers earn less than this threshold, there’s a fair few. Here’s 37 of them, according to the Office of National Statistics.

It’s worth noting that the CSJ equated this level of income to being “skilled” in the context of wanting to increase the minimum income threshold for immigrants from £30,000 to £36,700.

So the fact that the current minimum income threshold for non-EU migrants is £30,000 suggests that the government considers all roles earning under £30,000 to be unskilled.

  1. Medical radiographers – £36k
  2. Podiatrists – £36k
  3. Engineering technicians – £35k
  4. Special needs education teaching professionals – £35k
  5. Social workers – £34k
  6. Chemical scientists – £34k
  7. Probation officers – £33k
  8. Nurses – £32k
  9. Electricians (electrical fitters) – £32k
  10. Public relations professionals – £32k
  11. Authors, writers, translators – £31k
  12. Plumbers – £31k
  13. Occupational therapists – £29k
  14. Clothes designers – £30k
  15. Librarians – £29k
  16. Artists – £28k
  17. Careers advisers – £27k
  18. Archivists, curators – £27k
  19. Conference organisers – £27k
  20. Precision instrument makers and repairers – £27k
  21. Graphic designers – £26k
  22. Medical/dental technicians – £26k
  23. The clergy – £26k
  24. Youth community workers – £25k
  25. Finance officers – £25k
  26. Upholsterers – £25k
  27. Pub landlords – £24k
  28. Undertakers – £23k
  29. Forklift truck driver – £22k
  30. Butchers – £21k
  31. Legal secretaries – £21k
  32. Gardners – £20k
  33. Travel agents – £20k
  34. Groundsmen/green keepers – £20k
  35. Dental nurses – £18k
  36. Teaching assistants – £16k
  37. Cooks – £16k

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7 Responses to “37 jobs this Tory think tank considers unskilled”

  1. Tom Sacold

    Mmm …

    So this leftwing progressive website think that its ok to allow cheap labour to flow into our country to take these British workers jobs !!!

  2. Mick Hawker

    Hi Tom Sacold, the NHS could not run for a single day without workers from other countries. As a union man I’ve never had a problem with foreign workers, its British bosses that are bxxxxxds.

    Workers of the world unite!

  3. E powrie

    We haven’t for the last nine years, been training our own radiographers,
    Doctors, nurses….so we have to rely on professionals trained in other countries to help out. And they still won’t Get paid enough for entry to this country.
    Which is okay AS long AS we treat them humanely when we have finished using them. Our record on that is not encouraging

  4. Dave Roberts

    After a lifetime in the construction and property industry I can say that while the influx of foreign, principally Eastern European labour has allowed the very largely private sector, building speculatively, to expand while holding down wages. As E Powrie has said above we have abandoned training to simply importing skilled Labour which is the real question here and not just Tory bashing which is what this site seems to be about.

  5. Tom Sacold

    Yep. Tory bashing on a site like this is not really very fruitful. We need honest discussion.

    Very good article on Labour List yesterday supporting a socialist exit from the EU. Well worth a read.

    LeFT: Why we’re campaigning to leave, fight and transform

    See: https://labourlist.org/2019/08/left-why-were-campaigning-to-leave-fight-and-transform/

    “…
    To the astonishment of the ruling class, the working class has demonstrated a desire for change, which is reflected both by the Corbyn movement and the vote to leave the EU in 2016. As socialists, it is our job to lead the way for a truly transformative programme, overcoming neoliberalism and working towards a radical, democratic, environmentalist and socialist agenda.
    … “

  6. Tom Snape

    Get the Tories out before they destroy even more of our society

    Vote Labour
    JC4PM

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