Story: Class

Occupations: office worker (4th of 5)

Occupations: office worker

This office worker with his white collar and tie represented a growing proportion of the urban workforce during the 20th century. They did not earn as much money or have the prestige of the high professions, but as sedentary desk workers they received higher prestige and pay than most manual workers.

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Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAQT 6539, A74407

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Class - A middle-class society? – material differences, 1890 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29731/occupations-office-worker (accessed 29 November 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018