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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

Secondment is the temporary assignment of a member of one organization to another organization. In some jurisdictions, [e.g., India] such temporary transfer of employees is called "on deputation".

Job rotation[edit]

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, a liaison between the two companies and the sharing of experience.[1] Secondment is a more formal type of job rotation.[2][3] This is not to be confused with temporary work.

Secondment, sometimes referred to as employer of record (EoR) or professional employer organization (PEO), can also be used to help organizations hire during a headcount freeze. In the current day, some businesses use it as a solution to enter into new markets, bypassing the cost of opening their own business entity.[citation needed]


For example, statisticians from the British Government Statistical Service may be assigned to the Full Fact charity, to check statistics presented in political campaigns and the mass media.[4] In the military, an exchange officer is a commissioned officer in a country's armed forces who is temporarily seconded either to a unit of the armed forces of another country or to another branch of the armed forces of their own country.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Thomson, Rosemary; Thomson, Andrew (2012-05-04). Managing People. Routledge. ISBN 9781136382826.
  3. ^ Rishipal (2011). Training and Development Methods. S. Chand Publishing. ISBN 9788121936569.
  4. ^ About Full Fact (PDF), Government Statistical Service, 2017
  5. ^ Short-Term Interchanges of Staff: First Report. Australian Government Pub. Service. 1978. ISBN 9780642036957.
  6. ^ "Reflections on an Air Force/Navy Exchange Tour". Air University Review. United States Air Force. March–April 1971.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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. doi:10.1080/09614520601092725. JSTOR 25548182. S2CID 154173775.