Last modified on 8 December 2013, at 18:11

headcount

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

compounding of head count

NounEdit

headcount (plural headcounts)

  1. The act of counting how many people are present in a group.
  2. The number of people present in a group or employed by a company.
  3. More generally, a consideration of a company's appropriate staffing level based on some larger context. (Generally used adjectivally.)
    • Due to economic difficulties, the company will be making headcount adjustments.
  4. By extension, one slot in a workgroup, filled or to be filled by one person.
    • I've convinced management to give us one more headcount, to take some work off the rest of us.

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Usage notesEdit

The two-word spelling head count refers neutrally to simple counts. The one-word spelling headcount tends to have a business jargon feel to it, especially when used adjectivally in phrases such as "headcount reduction", or in the extrapolated case where it refers to one person or one job opening.