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The collar colour code used in the car industry

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A 2015 study by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicated that they expected the number of motor industry jobs in the UK to grow by 320,000 by the year 2030. This is an incredible figure, translating as some 410 new roles being created every week. At present the growth and performance figures from the sector give every indication that this number remains an accurate prediction, despite the many challenges and unexpected developments which have an impact on the industry.

One of the key reasons why growth has been achieved and is expected to be sustained is the diversity of the sector. It’s not the case that new recruitment opportunities are being created in one specialist area but rather across the entire industry. When reading reports on these employment requirements, it’s highly likely you’ve noticed references being made to blue, white and pink collar jobs. We thought it might be of interest to you to look at what’s meant by this colour coding of careers.

As with many things in the modern world, these terms started off as being used in America and then spread around the world. Blue collar and white collar jobs are the two better known, and have always been used to represent the attire normally worn by those working in specific locations. In respect of what each means, white collar jobs refer to office based ones in which the dress code is usually one shirts, whilst blue collar jobs refers to the colour of the overalls normally worn by outdoor workers.

The term pink collar workers is a relatively recent addition to this. The term is normally used to refer to those in the service industry. As excellence in services is increasingly becoming an important contributor to achieving success in the motor industry this term is coming to be used far more frequently.

We know that there are a number of people who have encountered this collar colour coded terminology and haven’t quite understood what is meant by it. There’s always a danger of people in any industry taking it as a given that everyone outside it will automatically understand the phrases used within it. We hope this article has helped some of you have a better understanding of these particular terms.

At John Gibson Associates we provide a comprehensive service for clients looking to find the right candidates for motor industry jobs. If you have any questions please get in touch with a member of our team in your local area. They can provide information and advice.