The Wall Street Journal: American “Blue Collars” Become “New Collars” According To Oliver Wyman Forum Research

As the labour market reorders, more Americans are making the leap from blue-collar jobs and hourly work to "new collar" roles that often involve tech skills and come with better pay and schedules.

This is according to Oliver Wyman Forum research surveying 80,000 workers world-wide between August 2020 and March 2022, which highlights that more than a tenth of Americans in low-paying roles in warehouses, manufacturing, hospitality and other hourly positions made such a switch during the past two years. Many of the new jobs are in software and information technology, as well as tech-related roles in logistics, finance and healthcare.

"I don't think we've seen a talent transition of this magnitude, really, since the disruption of World War II," commented Ana Kreacic, chief operating officer of Oliver Wyman Forum.

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