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3 October 2018updated 23 Jul 2021 12:27pm

An A-Z of jobs under £50,000 that Theresa May says are not skilled

Theresa May announces an end to low-skilled EU migration for salaries below a certain threshold.

By Anoosh Chakelian

The Prime Minister wants fewer low-skilled migrants coming to the UK, which under current income requirements for non-EU citizens could effectively rule out jobs that are paid less than £50,000 a year, according to the BBC’s Today programme.

Theresa May outlined proposals to end freedom of movement and introduce new immigration rules as a replacement from January 2021 – meaning that EU nationals will no longer be able to come to Britain to seek work. Instead, they’ll have to apply for mainly “skilled” jobs on the same basis as non-EU migrants, which includes meeting a high salary threshold, under a system designed when May was home secretary.

That wildly high, arbitrary figure shuts out a lot of, well, skilled and vital jobs.

Here’s an A-Z of a few of them:

A Academics

B Builders

C Chefs

D Doctors

E Electricians

F Farm workers

G Gas inspectors

H Healthcare assistants

I Illustrators

J Journalists

K Kitchen hands

L Lab technicians

M Manufacturing workers

N Nurses

O Occupational therapist

P Pharmacists

Q Quantity surveyors

R Registrars

S Social workers

T Teachers

U Undertakers

V Vets

W Waiters

X X ray and other NHS radiographer jobs

Y Youth workers

Z Zoologists  

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