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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Employment, Sociology
white-collarˌwhite-ˈcollar adjective  1 BESS[only before noun] white-collar workers have jobs in offices, banks etc rather than jobs working in factories, building things etcblue-collar, pink-collar white-collar jobs2 white-collar crime
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white-collarBut white-collar crime seems to be the new image of the law profession.In contrast, white-collar employment soared despite massive use of information technologies in areas such as accounting and finance.It should also be pointed out that white-collar industries have suffered from privatisation.The foremen, members of the white-collar Manufacturing Science and Finance union, were protesting over the threat of compulsory redundancies.Effective measurement of white-collar performance would require more than just measurement of efficiency.Stress and activity are the new white-collar sources of identity.The expansion of white-collar unionism was a particular feature of the most recent phase.a white-collar workerThe economic recession has put many white-collar workers in danger of losing their jobs.
From Longman Business Dictionarywhite-collarˌwhite-ˈcollar adjective [only before a noun]HUMAN RESOURCES white-collar workers work in offices, banks etc, rather than in factories, mines etcThe redundancies have devastatedwhite-collar workers.The car maker will cut 9,000white-collar jobs. compare blue-collar
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