Definition of headcount in English:



  • 1An instance of counting the number of people present.

    ‘a headcount of the miners showed a total of 116 men present’
    • ‘I've never done a headcount, but my sense is it might even be half, and they range in all levels of experience.’
    • ‘For his part health minister Malcolm Chisholm suggests problems are more acute south of the Border and questions the BMA's arithmetic, arguing that a recent headcount showed an increase of 17 family doctors on the previous year.’
    • ‘According to headcounts conducted by his team at the junction of Hennessy Road and Arsenal Street, 149,000 people passed through.’
    • ‘But in the event, the funding system, based on the annual headcount of children in schools, rather than in other settings, had remained the same.’
    • ‘Oh, I haven't done a headcount, and for all I know there may be a 2 percent or a 5 percent margin of error on the Republican side.’
    • ‘Reports were taken on illegal taxation, in which villages were taxed either by headcounts on goats and sheep or by taking the livestock itself.’
    • ‘It would arrest the cutbacks in service facilities argued for on the basis of regional headcounts and infrastuctural potentials.’
    • ‘We begin this hour with headcounts, missed marks, and how the newest job figures are being employed in the fight over one job in particular.’
    • ‘Every marriage pandal would have a bevy of babus doing a headcount of the invitees, the quantity of mutton, rice and sugar used for the preparations.’
    • ‘Attendence numbers were based on headcounts conducted at caucuses.’
    • ‘However, if I was the whip in charge of foundation hospitals, I'd be doing a new headcount pretty soon.’
    • ‘It includes a headcount of every person entering a place of worship in Kendal on a typical Sunday, and the researchers believe it is the first time that such an exercise has been carried out in Britain for 100 years.’
    • ‘The Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry recently released a headcount showing that only 20 percent of its members have reached the required threshold of female representation.’
    • ‘Two sets of giant arches will span the width of Whitehall to ensure the headcount is accurate.’
    • ‘The preliminary returns from Census 2000 show that the population of Sligo has gone up by 4.2% from the last headcount of the country in 1996.’
    1. 1.1 A total number of people, especially the number of people employed in a particular organization.
      ‘reducing the total headcount to just over 7,000’
      mass noun ‘the group simply needs to cut headcount by 50,000 this year’
      • ‘The new centres are likely to take the overall headcount to 3,600 from the present 2,400 people.’
      • ‘Just over half this total headcount works in the funds administration business, with the balance occupied in a range of activities, such as capital markets, treasury, asset leasing and reinsurance.’
      • ‘Around 20 additional jobs will be created at ACS's new centre, bringing its total headcount up to 45.’
      • ‘Early in the downturn, at least a few businesses were trying to avoid layoffs by using other means - like sabbaticals or pay cuts - to reduce payrolls and headcounts.’
      • ‘If at the end of the contract the company wants to put them onto its permanent headcount then that's OK.’
      • ‘Companies are also under pressure to reduce their headcount.’
      • ‘Its headcount rose from five to seven, with staff costs increasing by almost €140,000 during the year.’
      • ‘The trick is next week and I still don't have a final headcount nor have we put the final decision down for the menu.’
      • ‘This reduced its total headcount to 208 employees worldwide as of Thursday, he said.’
      • ‘Plans to slash the employee headcount and cut salaries are on hold.’
      • ‘The index indicated that the economy was robust in the second quarter of this year, as growth of output and new business gathered pace while companies increased their headcounts.’
      • ‘I am not making predictions about where headcounts will be next year but there will be tight headcount control.’
      • ‘Its total headcount will rise to 10,000 by 2005.’
      • ‘‘As any company grows, as you double headcount two, three, four, five years in a row, you get maturity, you get systems, you get bureaucracy, you get lawyers, you get processes,’ he said.’
      • ‘The action, blamed on the slowing economy and a general softness in advertising spend, includes reducing the company's total headcount of 85,000.’
      • ‘The company's headcount at the beginning of 2005 stood at 23,000, a growth of some 150 per cent compared to early 2004.’
      • ‘The scale of the job losses indicate that Ireland remains largely unaffected by the international downturn which has forced US multinational companies to reduce headcounts.’
      • ‘For the college population as a whole in fall 1996, the total student headcount was 5,005.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, as the company's headcount rose from 650 to 1,100, the channel's advertising and sponsorship income fell away - dropping by £33 million last year alone.’
      • ‘A further 47.5 per cent of the companies expect their headcount to remain the same.’