Definition of “personnel” - English Dictionary

“personnel” in English

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personnelnoun [ U, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˌpɜː.sənˈel/ us /ˌpɝː.sənˈel/

C1 the people who are employed in a company, organization, or one of the armed forces:

The new director is likely to make major changes in personnel.
military personnel

C1 the department of a company or organization that deals with its employees when they first join, when they need training, or when they have any problems:

Personnel will help you find somewhere to live.
For more information about the job, please contact the personnel manager.

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

“personnel” in American English

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personnelplural noun

us /ˌpɜr·səˈnel/

the people working in an organization or for a particular type of employer:

Saturday was the most convenient day for students, parents, and school personnel.
military personnel

personnelnoun [ U ]

us /ˌpɜr·səˈnel/

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

“personnel” in Business English

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uk /ˌpɜːsənˈel/ us HR, MANAGEMENT

[ plural ] the people who are employed by a company or organization:

skilled/qualified/trained personnel Knowing how to handle difficult situations requires qualified personnel.
The company may consider taking out insurance against the loss of key personnel.
marketing/sales/technical personnel The sales personnel in a sales force evolves constantly.
military/security personnel
He has made personnel changes in the investment banking and bond areas.

[ U ] the department of a company or organization that deals with employees when they join or leave, when they need training, when they have problems, etc.:

Her personnel file showed excellent performance.
the personnel department/division Few companies give their personnel department the same status as their finance department.
the personnel chief/manager/office As personnel manager of a large company, I have regular meetings with our union.

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