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    work executor?

    Hello everyone!
    I'm translating a public report for my company from Russian.
    Need help with selecting a proper term for a widely used Russian term "непосредственный исполнитель работ".
    In direct translation it would be: "immediate executor of work".
    To me it sounds pretty confusing...
    This term stands for a person who does particular work usually with his/her hands (or whatever he/she can use).
    It is not a contractor.

    Is there a similar term in the English-speaking countries?

    Help me please!

    Thank you

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    Re: work executor?

    'Blue-collar worker - but thst has socio-political/class overtones. (The opposite - professional/administrative/managerial jobs) is 'white-collar'. These expressions are often extended from the people to the practises: 'blue-collar jobs', 'white-collar crime'.... (I don't know whether the same colour-coding is used in the USA!

    A (usually manual) worker in a 'cottage industry' is often called an 'artisan'.

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    Re: work executor?

    Anything less so socio-politically colored?
    It may be a guy who does brain work and another one who does manual work in my context.

    Have anything on your mind?

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    #4

    Re: work executor?

    Can I say "immediate executor of the work"?
    And if I say so, what is going to come to your mind?

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    #5

    Re: work executor?

    I would use laborer or workman for a person who does manual work.

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    #6

    Re: work executor?

    Thank you for your responses.

    Let us complicate the task a little!
    What if we are not speaking about manual work?
    Or let's say it does not matter whether or not the work is manual.
    It's just work in general and that's it.
    I mean... There is a person who has to do some kind of work.
    Let's say he has to prepare a report. (Well it may be called manual work, but still...)
    He is directly/immediately responsible for doing this work and he is the one who is doing this work.
    Another example:
    An engineer performs a CFD analysis of a certain part for a nuclear plant.
    He is directly/immediately responsible for doing this work and he is the one who is doing this work.

    What would you call the above "workers/laborers"?

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    #7

    Re: work executor?

    I think you are looking for a word that does not exist in English.

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    #8

    Re: work executor?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I think you are looking for a word that does not exist in English.
    I think you should avoid any paraphrase that includes the word 'executor', which collocates very strongly with 'will' and/or 'estate'.

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    #9

    Re: work executor?

    Front-line worker?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: work executor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Front-line worker?
    The trouble with that, it seems to me, is that it could be understood as meaning 'customer-facing worker' - rather than the one who does the 'nitty-gritty'. And 'production worker', which avoids that problem, is too factory-based.

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