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employment

This page is about the noun "employment", which can be both countable and uncountable

employment → uncountable

Meaning: the giving of work to someone, or the state of having work

Example sentence: The employment of young children in full-time work is not allowed.

employment → countable

Meaning: an exchange of labour for payment, usually under contract

Example sentence: Please list your previous employments and any pensions you receive for them.


Note: The countable meaning of "employment" is mostly found in written documents and regulations, and is not normally used in everyday conversation.

Quick Quiz:

In which sentence is the word "employment" uncountable?

a. Even if you have a university degree, it can be difficult to find employment just now.

b. The terms of an employment depend on company policy and government regulations.

Contributor: Matt Errey