Secondment is the assignment of a member of one organization to another organization for a temporary period. The employee typically retains their salary and other employment rights from their primary organization but they work closely within the other organization to provide training and the sharing of experience.[1] This is not to be confused with temporary work.

For example, statisticians from the Government Statistical Service may be assigned to the Full Fact charity, to check statistics presented in political campaigns and the mass media.[2]

Bermuda Regiment - Training Company PSI and Senior NCOs - Warwick Camp 1992
The warrant officer in the khaki shirt is an instructor who has been seconded from the Royal Anglian Regiment to the Bermuda Regiment to provide training

See also


  1. ^ Cunningham, Ian; Dawes, Graham; Bennett, Ben (2004), "Secondments and Related Approaches", The Handbook of Work Based Learning, Gower Publishing, p. 137, ISBN 9780566085413
  2. ^ About Full Fact (PDF), Government Statistical Service, 2017

Further reading

  • Centre for Employment Initiatives (Great Britain) (1988). Seconds Out: Business Secondment in Theory and Practice. Centre for Employment Initiatives. ISBN 978-0-9513288-0-4.
  • Ntata, Pierson R. T. (February 2017). "Capacity Building through Secondment of Staff: A Possible Model in Emergencies?". Development in Practice. 17 (1): 104–113. JSTOR 25548182.

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