Definition 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’
    • ‘Such gains can encourage employers to expand their workforces.’
    • ‘I can tell members that people actually made the choice to join labouring workforces rather than go to tertiary education.’
    • ‘Social scientists are increasingly employed by government and private agencies and firms dealing with or employing multicultural districts and workforces.’
    • ‘Yes, there may be underutilized workforces globally, but there is notably less available supply of copper, platinum, and crude oil.’
    • ‘Atkinson claimed that firms were increasingly seeking and achieving greater flexibility from their workforces by such procedures.’
    • ‘Matthews also examines the workforces attracted both by the fruit and technology industries, with a particular focus on immigrant women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This pace is broadly comparable with the trend in manufacturing workforces in America, Britain and most other western economies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Patrick had restructured its organization, setting up labor-supply subsidiaries as employers of its unionized workforces.’
    • ‘Moves were taken to establish more flexible workforces through changes to numbers employed, forms of work organisation and pay policies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I imagine the area of mobile workforces is throwing up some usability challenges?’
    • ‘One of the best organised workforces in Britain is being butchered without a hint of real resistance.’
    • ‘The higher minimum wage will induce some employers to reduce their workforces, others to change nonwage terms of the contract.’
    • ‘And thanks to factors ranging from diverse workforces to innovative investment programs, more and more are born on city streets.’
    • ‘Pressure will grow to upgrade industries and workforces.’
    • ‘Chapter two describes the market share of the Canadian Potash and Uranium industries, and the characteristics of their workforces.’
    • ‘The acceleration of productivity growth also resulted from a tight labor market, as firms made better use of their workforces.’
    • ‘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.’
    employees, staff, personnel, human resources
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