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Towards a Skilled Labor Force by 2030 - An Invitation for a Discussion

There is no any specific definition to identify unskilled labour force in Sri Lanka. But according to the Labour force definition there are two types of categories that could be identified as employed labour force and unemployed labour force. Therefore, it can be assumed that two types of unskilled labour forces are there as unskilled employed labour force and unskilled unemployed labour force. According to the UN definition, an unskilled employee (worker), “is an employee who does not use reasoning or intellectual abilities in their line of work. These workers are typically found in positions that involve manual labour such as packaging, assembling, or apprentice, or farm working. Unskilled jobs usually do not require formal education and can be performed by the majority of individuals. Due to the fact that their jobs do not require high levels of education or training, unskilled workers tend to earn lower than the average salaries when compared to other workers. Jobs performed by unskilled workers are sometimes labeled as “blue collar” jobs by mainstream society. Unskilled workers often work in environments where they are exposed to unsafe conditions on a regular basis”. Therefore unskilled employees could be found in the occupational category in “Elementary Occupation” that define in the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO 08).Therefore, elementary occupations could be obtained through the Labour Force Survey conducted by Department of Census and Statistics. Also, unskilled unemployed labour force could be found by using unemployed labour force who has not followed a vocational training. It could be obtained through the Labour Market Information Bulletin published by TVEC. Therefore, combination of both categories is considered as unskilled labour force in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, characteristics of unskilled labour force are manipulated.

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