Human Resources


15 Feb 2020


  • Are people who work in offices, doing work that needs mental rather than physical effort. White collar workers are generally better educated and more highly paid.
Example Sentence: Jim is a typical white collar worker – university-educated, middle-class background, working for a well-known high-street bank.


14 Feb 2020


  • Are people who do physical or unskilled work in a factory or outdoors rather than office work. Blue-collar workers are often poorly educated and poorly paid.
Example Sentence: More than 500 blue-collar workers, employed by the mining company, have gone on strike. They’re demanding better pay and working conditions.

GARDEN LEAVE gɑrdn liv

11 Feb 2020


  • Paid cooling off period, typically three months, that your contract stipulates you cannot work before starting a new job. This is used by financial firms, in particular, to prevent people walking straight into a new job with hot information.
Example Sentence: He quit and was offered a job by one of the main competitors. He’s on garden leave for a few months.

TEAM PLAYER tim pleɪər

09 Feb 2020


  • Is someone who is good at working closely with other people.
Example Sentences: ABC Bank Ltd requires a team player committed to quality management.
He is a good team player and works well with all his colleagues.

LUNCHEON VOUCHERS /lʌntʃən vaʊtʃər/

20 Jan 2020


  • Luncheon vouchers are given by employers to employees to buy meals in some restaurants.
Example Sentences: Selected workers would benefit from luncheon vouchers, free transportation to the construction site and accommodation on location.

SICK PAY /sɪk peɪ/

18 Jan 2020


  • Sick pay is money given by an employer to someone who cannot work because of illness.
Example Sentences: Surely your company won't give you indefinite sick pay; don't they specify a time limit?

REDUNDANCY PAYMENT /rɪˈdʌndənsi peɪmənt/

14 Jan 2020


  • A redundancy payment is what a company pays to workers who are no longer needed.
Example Sentences: How was your redundancy payment calculated?
After working for the company for 20 years, I received a very generous redundancy payment.

DEPENDANT dɪˈpɛndənt

29 Nov 2019


  • A dependant is someone who depends on you for financial support, such as a child or family member who does not work.
Example Sentences: My pension will provide financial stability for my dependants.
The insurance provides coverage for workers and their dependants.

PRINCIPAL prɪnsəpəl

15 Nov 2019


  • A principal is the head of a school.
Example Sentences: The principal is in a meeting with the deputy-principal and senior teachers.


09 Nov 2019


  • Course has many meanings, but the most common meaning is a set of classes or a plan of study on a particular subject, usually resulting in an exam or qualification.
Example Sentences: Tim did a three-year course in linguistics at London University.
They're going away on a training course next week.

PERSONNEL pɜrsəˈnɛl

03 Nov 2019


  • Personnel means employees or staff.
Example Sentences: The personnel department looked after 100 employees.
If you want to apply for a job please contact the personnel department.

PERSONAL pɜrsənl

02 Nov 2019


  • Personal means individual or private - a letter that is only to be opened by the person it is addressed to may be marked 'personal'.
Example Sentences: She left the room to take a personal phone call.
The letter had 'personal' on the envelope so she didn’t open it.


01 Oct 2019


  • to not have enough of something.
Example Sentence: Experienced computer programmers are in short supply in our company.

APTITUDE TEST æptɪˌtud tɛst

05 Aug 2019


  • a test which measures a person's ability to do a certain job
Example Sentence: Candidates will be required to complete an aptitude test.

IN-HOUSE ɪnˌhaʊs

29 Jun 2019


  • provided or carried out by the company and not by an external contractor.
Example Sentence: We are arranging an in-house training course for managers.