jobs for the boys


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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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