white-collar worker

(redirected from White-collar class)
Also found in: Dictionary.

white-collar worker

a nonmanual employee. The term is mainly applied to those who occupy relatively routine posts in the lower sectors of nonmanual employment. A focus on differences in dress between nonmanual and manual workers reflects historical underlying differences in STATUS and WORK SITUATION, as well as MARKET SITUATION, between the two types of workers. See also MANUAL AND NONMANUAL LABOUR, MIDDLE CLASSES.
References in periodicals archive ?
(63) That Hopkins was so willing to use stealth tactics in providing work for the white-collar classes while cutting jobs for blue-collar workers also seems inconsistent with the mere-equality theory behind his commitment to white-collar projects.
jobs don't require a college degree, our education system has long been geared to train the white-collar class.
But look how much the traditional working class has shrunk in the postwar years-because so many of its members or their children have moved up to the new, far larger white-collar class. I often stand on my head trying to figure out why this in itself is bad for America.
If he can bring himself to see past the anecdotes of his own recent life, virtually every economic study done on this subject in recent years (not to mention the inexorable stream of stories about corporate layoffs) will reveal the reasons underlying the deep anxiety of the lower white-collar classes and the upper blue-collar ones.
The white-collar classes shared a "culture of the mind" according to which the economy is a natural world that poses moral challenges to individuals and rewards those whose merit is certified by education and demonstrated by success.