Definition of semi-skilled in English:



  • (of work or a worker) having or needing some, but not extensive, training.

    ‘assembly lines of semi-skilled workers’
    • ‘The public also wants completion of the University of the Highlands and Islands, a project that Roe sees as a vital key to luring and retaining skilled as well as semi-skilled workers.’
    • ‘Some 27 percent of those unskilled and semi-skilled workers said they had been in their job for less than 12 months.’
    • ‘White collar status included professional/technical, managerial and clerical/sales workers while blue collar status included skilled and semi-skilled workers, service, and labourers.’
    • ‘The availability of masses of unskilled or semi-skilled workers was helpful in the past, but that leaves the country in a position where it always has to fight off others with still cheaper labor.’
    • ‘There are easy procedures for importing and exporting with competitive rates for skilled and semi-skilled workers.’
    • ‘What made possible the displacement of the skilled artisan by the semi-skilled worker was mechanization, and mechanization was necessary to step up productivity for wider markets.’
    • ‘Basic pay is low, in most cases below $100 per month for semi-skilled workers.’
    • ‘I know that it will be welcomed by the union movement, as unions have been concerned about skilled migrants who are forced into unskilled and semi-skilled work, undercutting wages and conditions of employment.’
    • ‘Much of Europe's defense spending goes to keeping large numbers of semi-skilled soldiers under arms, rather than providing modern equipment or high-tech training.’
    • ‘For the most part, these schemes are structured toward short-term training designed to provide employers with a pool of cheap semi-skilled labour to fill mainly casual and part-time jobs.’
    • ‘It is also clear that there are nearly no new industrial jobs for semi-skilled workers in the near future, because there is no labour intensive industrial expansion in sight.’
    • ‘He explained that it is these skilled and semi-skilled workers who form the teams that are often sent far and wide across the country to work.’
    • ‘Historically unions have been a very important tool for improving low-wage and semi-skilled workers' earning power and then putting pressure on business to improve productivity at those levels to remain competitive.’
    • ‘Whereas in the heyday of the proletariat there was a bunching of semi-skilled workers in the centre, marginalizing skilled artisans and unskilled casual workers, now a line divided the working class through the middle.’
    • ‘The government gained the support of ‘Essex man’, the patriotic, Sun-reading, skilled or semi-skilled worker in new towns such as Basildon.’
    • ‘Like women, the second-generation American-born men had moved slightly up the employment ladder to work as skilled and semi-skilled workers, foremen, or clerical workers.’
    • ‘Craftsmen constituted a little over half of those working in the industry, although the numbers of semi-skilled workers was also rising significantly.’
    • ‘The government should not lift the prohibition on sending semi-skilled workers overseas as long as the manpower ministry is unable to improve its poor delivery system, says a labor export service association.’
    • ‘It's semi-skilled labour, and a bit like outsourcing your accounts department to India at one-third of the cost.’
    • ‘The gulf between the labour aristocracy and the mass of unskilled or semi-skilled workers was virtually unbridgeable; but at the upper end of the social stratum the labour aristocracy merged with the lower middle class.’