As labor market order changes, more and more Americans are making the leap from “blue collar” jobs and hourly work to “new collar workers,” who often provide technical skills and have better pay and schedules.
More than a tenth of Americans in low-paid positions in warehouses, manufacturing, hospitality and other hourly jobs have made the transition in the past two years, according to a new study by Oliver Wyman, a management consulting firm that surveyed 80,000 workers worldwide. in the period from August 2020 to March 2022. Many of the new jobs are in software and information technology, as well as in technology in logistics, finance and healthcare. New data from an ongoing population survey and LinkedIn also suggests that the pandemic has helped more workers slide into more mobile careers.