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workforce

noun [C, usually singular]
 
 
/ˈwɜːkfɔːs/
HR, WORKPLACE all the people who work for a company or organization: As CEO, she is responsible for a workforce of 29,000 people. Further strikes could threaten the job security of the entire 2,000-strong workforce. Half the workforce was laid off. 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 The government is determined to create a skilled workforce capable of preparing the country for a fast-paced global economy. Schools are working increasingly with businesses to fill gaps in the workforce. Graduate employees are entering the workforce with too few business skills, according to research.
(Definition of workforce from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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