Report on results of the Move Up transnational research, defining the most common blue/pink- collar occupations

Within the framework of the European project « Move Up – Boosting the Social Skills of Adults for Better Employability and Success at Work » a research was conducted, which identifies the blue and pink collar occupations of adults and the development of social skills within these occupations. This report was held in Greece (GR), Austria (AU), Portugal (PT), Turkey (TR) and United Kingdom (UK).

The project aims at contributing to the development of social skills of adults within blue- or pink-collar occupations. Social skills are a combination of interpersonal people skills, communication skills, character traits, attitudes, career attributes and emotional intelligence quotient among others that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills.

In working life, having good social skills is crucial because it affects employees’ productivity and motivation by giving them the ability to work well with others and do their job effectively. The aim of this Need Analysis Report (project output 1) is to present these occupations in the partner countries and social skills needed for these occupations. In order to analyze the most common blue/pink collar occupations in partner countries, desk research and interviews with experts have been made. Definitions of these occupations and the term blue/pink collar have been made in order to have a common understanding of the duties of the workers from these occupations.

Thus, a report of the results of this transnational survey was produced, the results of which are listed below:


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Maria Dalakoura
Senior Project Manager