Collar workers

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Groups of workers are sometimes classified based on the characteristics of their uniforms or clothing, which commonly reflect their occupation or sometimes gender.[1] Blue-collar workers were referred to as such because they usually wore sturdy, inexpensive clothing that didn't show dirt easily, such as blue denim or cambric shirts. White-collar workers are named for the white collars that were fashionable among office workers in the early and mid-20th century.

White collar

The term 'white-collar worker' was coined in the 1930s by Upton Sinclair, an American Writer who referenced the word in absolute connectivity and comparison with clerical, administrative and managerial functions during the 1930s. A 'white-collar worker' is a salaried professional, typically referring to general office workers and management. However, in certain developed countries like the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, a person is assumed to be a white collar worker when such individual engages self either in a highly professional and successful career or works either an as administrative or managerial personnel.

The geography of getting a white collar job is solely dependent on the nature and scope of the socio-economic balance of a nation as evidenced in certain developed world where the politics and economy of the state of affairs clearly defines sophistication in all ramifications. White Collar jobs which denotes sophistication of an individual remains a rosy affair on a facial templates as public opinion continues to raise the standard in a contemporary world where the surge and urge is most denied due to dwindling economic downslide and infrastructural decay which had made the majority settle for less in a bid to pay the bills. Seemingly, the romantic affair that comes along with a white collar job becomes short lived when it comes to paying taxes and footing outrageous bills since 'white collar worker' are akin to class.


  • Grey-collar worker (1981) – A skilled technician, typically someone who is both white and blue collar, an example of this kind include Information Technology workers. They are principally white collar, but perform blue collar tasks with some regularity, such as engineers.
  • Gold-collar worker (1985) – Highly skilled professionals who may be in high demand, such as chartered accountants, surgeons, doctors and lawyers.

Blue collar

A blue-collar worker is a member of the working class who performs manual work and either earns an hourly wage or is paid piece rate for the amount of work done.


  • Scarlet collar (2000) – Female sex workers.
  • Black collar (1998) – Miners (especially coal miners) and oil workers.

Specialty classifications

These classifications may fall under more than one of the categories or subcategories above.

  • Red collar – Government workers of all types. Derived from compensation received from red ink budget. Also in China, refers to Communist Party officials in private companies.[2]
  • Pink Collar (1975) – Includes secretarial, administrative, hospitality, or other clerical workers and nurses.
  • Green collar – someone who holds an environmentally friendly job; such as a position at a hydro power plant.
  • Yellow collar – People in the creative field—photographers, filmmakers, developers, etc. They may spend time doing both white and blue collar tasks as well as tasks outside either category.
  • Light-blue collar – Temporary workers, whether or not they're working a blue or white collar task. Light blue is a combination of white and blue.
  • Orange collar - Prison laborers, named for the orange jumpsuits commonly worn by inmates.[3]
  • Open collar - People who work from home.
  • Silk collar - Westerners going to Asia for work and opportunities.
  • Checkered Collar - Those who chop lumber for a career.
  • No Collar - Artists and "free spirits" who tend to privilege passion and personal growth over financial gain. This term was popularized on Survivor: Worlds Apart.[4]

External links


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  2. "Red-Collars in Private Companies". Beijing Review. Jun 28, 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Pandeli, Jenna (2014). "Title: Orange collar workers: an exploratory study of modern prison labour and the involvement of private firms". University of Bristol. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Feinberg, Daniel. "Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' Premiere - 'It's Survivor Warfare'". Hitfix. Hitfix, Inc. Retrieved 26 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>