workforce


workforce
workforce work‧force [ˈwɜːkfɔːs ǁ ˈwɜːrkfɔːrs] noun [countable] HUMAN RESOURCES
all the people who work in a particular country, industry, or factory:

• State industry employs almost one-third of China's urban workforce of 150 million.

• The supermarket chain closed 311 stores and cut its workforce to 29,500.

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workforce UK US /ˈwɜːkfɔːs/ noun [C, usually singular]
HR, WORKPLACE all the people who work for a company or organization: »

As CEO, she is responsible for a workforce of 29,000 people.

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Further strikes could threaten the job security of the entire 2,000-strong workforce.

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Half the workforce was laid off.

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The company has a very diverse workforce.

cut/slash/expand a workforce »

The group has announced it intends to cut its workforce by 15%.

ECONOMICS the people who are available for work in a particular area, country, or industry: »

the UK, US, etc. workforce

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The government is determined to create a skilled workforce capable of preparing the country for a fast-paced global economy.

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Schools are working increasingly with businesses to fill gaps in the workforce.

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Graduate employees are entering the workforce with too few business skills, according to research.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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