A Rebound of the Blue-Collar Job

Author: Darathi Nivetha
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2021 12:10
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Observing the current industrial growth patterns, you notice a lot of people have been pushed towards unemployment due to Covid-19. To combat unemployment, persons who were previously employed in organized trades have now moved to a gig or menial work. India has one of the largest reserves of Blue collared staff, and a lot of these persons come from the unreached parts of the country. Many move to larger cities to make a career, to make money, and move away from being unemployed. But they usually are under-skilled or under-educated to be eligible to find jobs white-collared jobs. This part of the labor force spends time understanding and discovering the way of blue-collar jobs, such as semi-skilled technicians, drivers, vendors, machine operators, sales executives, facilities & security personnel, etc.

So, what is a Blue-Collar work?

Blue-collar jobs may involve skilled or unskilled labor requiring lower levels of education. Blue-collar employees are typically low paid. Blue-collar work tends to be more manual in nature. The terms "blue-collar" and "white-collar" distinguish workers who perform manual labor from workers who perform professional jobs. Historically, blue-collar workers wore uniforms, usually blue, and worked in trade occupations. Just based on the significance of college education, the expansion of the workforce broadly left blue-collar jobs to those who didn't attain college degrees. Blue-collar jobs never expire, they hardly lose their soaring sheen. Even during various economic recessions, there was always a need for a blue-collared workforce.

But the present, post-covid economy hasn't been very courteous to the Indian labor force, especially for those without college grades. Government data say the unemployment percentage for those without college degrees is twice that of laborers with some college grade or diploma degrees. The difference is deeper when blue-collared laborers are related to those who have under graduation or advanced postgraduate degrees.

In terms of recruitment trends, a simple analysis found that blue-collar hiring is more difficult than white and green collar hiring - and also the hardest jobs to fill are experienced vendors, laborers, drivers, technicians, and machine operators, skilled mechanics, security guards, sanitary technicians, etc. But in that space, there are a few promising skills and avenues, to help grow a blue-collared worker. Take a look at some of the more promising blue-collar jobs in India.




1. Electrician:

Electrical work is complex employment, but it’s profitable. This course needs efficient problem-solving skills and an ability to think on foot. It’s great for laborers who love to work hard but hate desk jobs.

Skills required:

  1. Customer service skills
  2. Flexibility
  3. Basic math skills
  4. Physical skills
  5. Problem-solving skills
  6. Teamwork
  7. Standard technical electrician skills (and safety knowledge)

2.  Customer Care Executive:

Customer care executive jobs are not just narrowed to e-commerce but also to areas where we deal with customers on a daily basis. They assist the customers with different queries regarding the products or services of a company. 

Skills required:

  1. Empathy
  2. Adaptability
  3. Persuasive speaking skills
  4. Ability to use positive language
  5. Clear communication skills
  6. Taking responsibility

3. Drivers:

A driver is a critical job that needs patience, speed, accuracy, and timing. These can be for heavy vehicles, like trucks, earthmovers, busses, etc,  or light motor vehicles like cabs, private cars, vans, etc.

Skills required:

  1. Driving skills
  2. Good geographical knowledge
  3. Technical knowledge of the vehicle
  4. A warm and welcoming manner


4. Delivery Executives:

This job has expanded ultimately post the first wave of the pandemic. E-commerce, retail, food supply, and medical industries are hiring people who can deliver products and services at the doorsteps of their clients.

Skills required:

  1. Strong customer service skills
  2. Good geographical Knowledge
  3. Interpersonal skills


5. Sales Executive:

Sales executives are the bridge between an organization and its client. Answering different queries, dealing with different kinds of clients, offering advice, and introducing new products and services.

Skills required:

  1. Ability to sell products and services
  2. Confident communication skills
  3. Negotiating skills
  4. the skills to work both independently and as part of a team.

6. Chef:

A Chef is liable for using their culinary experience to create appetizing dishes for diners to enjoy. Whether in restaurants or private homes, as long as there is food to be cooked, demand will be present.

Skills required:

  1. Cleanliness and Hygiene
  2. Time management skills
  3. Cooking skills
  4. Market knowledge regarding food preparation and food trends.


7. Manufacturing Support:

             The manufacturing industry is one of the largest and most influential sectors of our economy. Machine operators play a critical role as they are on the production floor of any manufacturing company.  

Skills required to Machine operator:

  1. Set up machines (calibration, cleaning, etc.) to start a production cycle
  2. Control and adjust machine settings (e.g. speed)
  3. Feed raw material or parts to semi-automated machines
  4. Inspect parts with precision and measuring tools
  5. Test operation of machines periodically
  6. Fix issues that might occur during the shift

8. Textile Workers:

       Textile Industry is one of the largest contributors to the country’s exports. In terms of employment growth, the Indian textile industry is the second largest employer after agriculture.

Blue collared jobs in the textiles industry:

  1. Clerk
  2. Ironing
  3. Tailors
  4. Packaging and Delivery


9. Warehousing Assistants:

               A warehouse worker plays a vital role in overseeing stock, packing orders, and shipping packages from the warehouse of a company. These workers are like cogs in a clock as they work in the background to ensure that products are available, kept track of, and delivered to the customers in time. They ensure that the products in the inventory are kept well accounted for and keep a precise record of the same

Blue collared jobs in Warehouses

  1. Warehouse workers
  2. Assembler/ Loader
  3. Store Keeping
  4. Material Handler


We at Job Booster India second what Mr. Mason Bishop, Principal at WorkED Consulting says, "‘Blue-collar workers’ is an outdated term. It refers to "dirty" jobs of yesteryear and is a term that we hope goes away. I think we should talk about "skilled trades workers" or a similar term because today’s blue-collar workers need more technical and technology skills' than in years past.”

We at Job Booster India look to help individuals move from the unorganized sectors to the organized sector by helping individuals find dignified blue-collar jobs. such as delivery executives, bike technicians, floor executives, etc. We focus on Blue-collar hiring to fill vacancies with talented and aspiring employees. Get in touch with us to see how you can make a change in society.

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