Definition of deskill in English:



  • 1 Reduce the level of skill required to carry out (a job)

    ‘advances in technology had deskilled numerous working-class jobs’
    • ‘For workers, the new technologies mean more flexible work arrangements (with reduced security and pay), job deskilling, and reduced union density.’
    • ‘Certainly, there were deskilling and cost-cutting impulses present in virtually all industries engaged in flexible production.’
    • ‘They analysed the implications of the proposals, explaining that it would be used to reduce teaching staff and deskill education.’
    • ‘This era also coincided with the ascendency of the photography fine art market, and the deskilling of photographic apparatus to the point where amateurs became capable of producing commercial-quality images.’
    • ‘Twentieth-century deskilling and the introduction of female labor, which destabilized such constructs for male manufacturing workers, were noticeably less evident as processes in building.’
    • ‘On the other hand for those who continue to be engaged in waged employment, the conditions of service will continue to deteriorate as the introduction of new technology serves to deskill, fragment and control the worker.’
    • ‘Yet, what might be called deskilling in agriculture is in some ways different, more variable, and certainly less understood.’
    • ‘To be weighed against this are the implications of advocating ultrasound guidance for central venous cannulation, such as a potential for deskilling in the landmark method that may be required in some emergency situations.’
    • ‘Another author underscored the unpleasantness of the deskilled jobs.’
    • ‘Lobbying may have particular potency in this case because of the deskilling in cotton farming.’
    • ‘In some cases, service offers have been simplified, jobs have been deskilled, and personnel replaced with machines in order to reduce human variability.’
    • ‘Industrial deskilling does not so much eliminate skill as it relocates it.’
    • ‘This, in turn, however, led to fatigue, production speed-ups, repetitive motion injuries, and labor deskilling.’
    • ‘Firms converted to large-scale assembly-line operations, ultimately speeding up and deskilling individual jobs.’
    • ‘Employers with a strong sense of social obligation to workers are less likely to engage in deskilling practices in the workplace.’
    • ‘In response, the trade unions argued over issues of deskilling and reskilling and compensation; there were two industrial disputes in 1991 and 1992.’
    1. 1.1Make the skills of (a worker) obsolete.
      • ‘The current situation comes on the back of several years of deskilling of medical students due in part to the loss of students' integration into clinical firms.’
      • ‘Junior surgeons are becoming deskilled as result of the proposals.’
      • ‘There is speculation that the effects are not just on the child but also on the mother, who feels deskilled.’
      • ‘Such developments have made it possible to deskill larger and larger numbers of workers.’
      • ‘It's all about deskilling, of course, so you can recruit people on low wages.’
      • ‘However, the risk of distressing and deskilling the doctor must be minimised.’
      • ‘When specialty medicine does cover 24 hours patients will expect specialists performing their particular skill, but further deskilling general medical trainees in the current climate may do more harm than good.’
      • ‘The medicalisation of modern society has already deskilled many other professions and led patients into an unhealthy dependence on medical care.’
      • ‘This deskilling of the workforce, pushing them onto individual contracts so they can be shed when the economy slows have all fuelled resistance to globalisation.’
      • ‘They have lost confidence and become deskilled and are put off by the thought of information technology and spreadsheets.’
      • ‘Now the bosses have the audacity to try to deskill the workers at the Central, and to run down factories in the name of modernisation.’
      • ‘Consultants, faced with increasing demands to meet clinical targets, are progressively becoming deskilled in research.’
      • ‘Strikers feared the lack of the word ‘qualified’ would open the door to the deskilling the workforce.’
      • ‘People will become deskilled, grow disillusioned and move away.’
      • ‘They resisted the automation that deskilled workers and increased the power of managers.’
      • ‘Not only has it contributed to the deskilling of the current generation of working age adults, it has also affected health.’
      • ‘It was also apparent that the Act had contributed to a lack of labour market strategy, a deskilling of the workforce and low productivity.’
      • ‘Importantly, London's low paid migrant workers experience high levels of deskilling.’
      • ‘Rapid access clinics, be they for chest pain, breast lumps, or rectal bleeding, deskill general practitioners in dealing with these symptoms because they give easy access to decisions taken with much more information.’
      • ‘The old story held that industry pulled recently dispossessed rural people to the city, where - along with deskilled artisans - they became part of a growing urban industrial proletariat.’