Definition of secondment in English:



  • [mass noun] The temporary transfer of an official or worker to another position or employment:

    ‘he spent two years on secondment to the Department of Industry’
    • ‘Sgt Peach said one officer had been transferred to Tidworth and another was on secondment in Swindon.’
    • ‘Ordinarily, either party giving notice one month in advance may terminate an officer's period of secondment.’
    • ‘In 1995, Bob Clark was appointed as director, initially on secondment from the former Rural Development Commission.’
    • ‘As Mr Wood put it, the policy covers overseas secondment as well as business trips.’
    • ‘She is also on secondment to the Cabinet Office, advising on how the civil service can improve its communications skills.’
    • ‘The present incumbent of this numbered post is on secondment to St Mark's and has held his current appointment for 10 years.’
    task, job, duty, chore, charge, labour, piece of work, piece of business, assignment, function, commission, secondment, mission, engagement, occupation, undertaking, exercise, business, office, responsibility, errand
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