The UK government says Low-skilled workers would not get visas under its post-Brexit immigration plans.
Under the plans, now being unveiled by the Conservative government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, employers are urged to “move away” from relying on “cheap labour” from Europe and invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology.
The Home Office said EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after UK-EU free movement ends on December 31.
The opposition Labour Party argued that the government was creating a “hostile environment”, which it said would make it hard to attract workers.
But Home Secretary Priti Patel told the BBC the government wanted to “encourage people with the right talent” and “reduce the levels of people coming to the UK with low skills”.
She added that businesses could also recruit from among eight million “economically inactive” potential workers in the UK.
Under the plan, the definition of skilled workers would be expanded to include those educated to A-level/Scottish Highers-equivalent standard, not just graduate level, as is currently the case.
Waiting tables and certain types of agricultural worker, including the fruit-picker, would be removed from the new skilled category, but new additions would include carpentry, plastering and child-minding.