Meaning of “employment” in the English Dictionary

"employment" in English

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employmentnoun [ U ]

uk /ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt/ us /ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt/

employment noun [ U ] (WORK)

B1 the fact of someone being paid to work for a company or organization:

Employment levels are unlikely to rise significantly before the end of next year.
How long have you been looking for employment?
be in employment UK formal

to have a job:

Are you in employment at the moment?

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(Definition of “employment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"employment" in American English

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employmentnoun [ U ]

us /ɪmˈplɔɪ·mənt/

employment noun [ U ] (USE)

the use of something for a particular purpose:

She studied advertisers’ employment of images in food ads.

employment noun [ U ] (WORK)

work, esp. for someone else, for which you are paid, or a period of work:

After leaving Pearson, it took Friedman months to find new employment.

(Definition of “employment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"employment" in Business English

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employmentnoun [ U ]

uk /ɪmˈplɔɪmənt/ us

work that you are paid to do for a particular company or organization:

find/look for/seek employment If you are unemployed but you are actively seeking employment, you may qualify for benefits.
take up/gain/secure employment Almost half of the participants gained employment after completing the training program.
provide/create/generate employment These attractions provide employment for local people and create business for local shops and cafes.
Today the terminal offers employment to around 500 people.
seasonal/temporary employment
permanent/continuous employment
employment opportunities/prospects Many rural workers have moved to the cities to seek better employment opportunities and improved living conditions.
employment agreement/contract Under the terms of her employment contract she is entitled to five weeks paid vacation per year.

the number of people who have jobs, or the ability to provide jobs to other people:

high/low/full employment An unemployment rate below 5% is considered full employment.
employment rises/falls Glasgow had economic growth above the UK average and employment rising faster than anywhere outside London.
employment rates/levels/growth The state reported employment growth of 3.1% during the past year, with the creation of 438,000 non-farm jobs.
employment data/figures/records The dollar plunged against the euro, despite Friday's strong employment figures.
boost/increase employment Politicians hope to boost employment by introducing a new tax credit for employers.
in employment

having a job:

An employee must have been in continuous employment for two years to be eligible for a redundancy payment.
The number of people in employment had risen by 315,000.

(Definition of “employment” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)