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employment

noun [U]
 
 
/ɪmˈplɔɪmənt/
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. casual/full-time/part-time employment seasonal/temporary employment permanent/continuous employmentemployment 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.
→ Compare unemployment → See also precarious employment
(Definition of employment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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