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jobs for the boys

Employment or other benefits given to people who are closely connected, such as friends, relatives, or supporters. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Many have accused the government sector of being largely made up of jobs for the boys, as you aren't likely to find an employee who isn't related to someone else in one way or another.
See also: boy, job

jobs for the boys

BRITISH
If you talk about jobs for the boys, you mean that good jobs are given to people who are the friends, relatives, or supporters of someone in a particular organization. The council has faced a string of allegations over `jobs for the boys'. The post wasn't even advertised. In other words, this was a `jobs for the boys' appointment. Note: People also sometimes talk about jobs for the girls when it is women who are given jobs in this way. One of these women was a friend of the prime minister's wife so inevitably there were comments about `jobs for the girls'. Note: These expressions are used in a disapproving way.
See also: boy, job

jobs for the boys

used in reference to the practice of giving paid employment to your friends, supporters, or relations. British derogatory
2002 Guardian The James Report found the unit operated a ‘jobs for the boys’ recruitment policy favouring Reed's friends and political acquaintances.
See also: boy, job

jobs for the ˈboys

(British English, informal, disapproving) good jobs, positions or contracts that are given to people only or mainly because they are friends, relatives or supporters: The city officials here are completely corrupt. It’s jobs for the boys.
See also: boy, job
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In the letter, organised by Seema Malhotra, they say Brexit is "becoming just another job for the boys".
I don't want to go there just to make up the numbers, I'd want to be competitive or at least do a good job for the boys."
Whether it is Coventry Council's problem or Severn Trent's, it may be a job for the boys to them but it's people's livelihoods at stake when a local shop gets ooded and stock is lost.
YOU SAID: Another 'job for the boys' totally disregarding the need for economy in the council's budget and against the wishes of the majority of the residents I would guess.
We are lucky in Britain in that we have a number of excellent commentators - Mark Johnson, Darren Owen, John Hunt, Stuart Machin, Richard Hoiles and several others - and it should not be a closed-shop job for the boys.
ALEXANDRA Hunter is doing her best to prove that farriery is not just a job for the boys.
Elected mayors will become just another job for the boys, this mayoral post is nothing more than a bolt hole for a fading Westminster politician.
Sexy model Simone didn't have the right tackle for taking on a job for the boys ...
Firstly, because it's another "job for the boys", secondly, because it's civilians with no experience telling experienced police officers how to do the job and, thirdly, why should we vote someone into another highly paid job when there are millions of people in Britain without any job at all?
In 1995, councillors in Monklands, were slammed for overspending and "job for the boys".