white-collar worker

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Is a worker who traditionally wears a collar and tie to work and is engaged in non-manual work as a clerk, sales assistant, technician, manager, or professional. By tradition, white-collar workers were relatively privileged (see status divide), were paid a salary, rather than an hourly or weekly wage, and received an occupational pension and other fringe benefits. In many countries, they have their own trade unions, known as white-collar unions. Today, in post-industrial economies, like Britain or the USA, the majority of employees are engaged in white-collar work.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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