Meaning of workforce in English:



treated as singular or plural
  • The people engaged in or available for work, either in a country or area or in a particular firm or industry.

    ‘a quarter of Galway's manufacturing workforce are being put out of a job’
    • ‘Pressure will grow to upgrade industries and workforces.’
    • ‘I imagine the area of mobile workforces is throwing up some usability challenges?’
    • ‘This pace is broadly comparable with the trend in manufacturing workforces in America, Britain and most other western economies.’
    • ‘Social scientists are increasingly employed by government and private agencies and firms dealing with or employing multicultural districts and workforces.’
    • ‘The higher minimum wage will induce some employers to reduce their workforces, others to change nonwage terms of the contract.’
    • ‘I can tell members that people actually made the choice to join labouring workforces rather than go to tertiary education.’
    • ‘Patrick had restructured its organization, setting up labor-supply subsidiaries as employers of its unionized workforces.’
    • ‘And thanks to factors ranging from diverse workforces to innovative investment programs, more and more are born on city streets.’
    • ‘Such gains can encourage employers to expand their workforces.’
    • ‘One of the best organised workforces in Britain is being butchered without a hint of real resistance.’
    • ‘The army outsources and benchmarks with industry to ensure that it remains an efficient and effective organisation, and it has one of the best-trained workforces in the world.’
    • ‘Yes, there may be underutilized workforces globally, but there is notably less available supply of copper, platinum, and crude oil.’
    • ‘Chapter two describes the market share of the Canadian Potash and Uranium industries, and the characteristics of their workforces.’
    • ‘Moves were taken to establish more flexible workforces through changes to numbers employed, forms of work organisation and pay policies.’
    • ‘The acceleration of productivity growth also resulted from a tight labor market, as firms made better use of their workforces.’
    • ‘Matthews also examines the workforces attracted both by the fruit and technology industries, with a particular focus on immigrant women.’
    • ‘Atkinson claimed that firms were increasingly seeking and achieving greater flexibility from their workforces by such procedures.’
    • ‘The report also calls on government to increase its investment in education - the province has one of the most educated workforces in the world, but much of that is due to immigration.’
    • ‘The event recognised the achievements of the company category awards winners for their work in tackling age discrimination, and promoting the benefits of mixed age workforces.’
    • ‘In the past 20 years, employees have lost right after right to Government-backed bosses intent on squeezing more work for less pay out of their workforces.’
    employees, staff, personnel, human resources
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