Secondments provide employees with an opportunity to experience a different part of an organisation or a different organisation altogether, and the potential benefits can be great for both the secondee and the organisation, particularly with a well thought out process and clear expectations for all parties, ensuring a smooth transition for the secondee between different roles and working environments.

This factsheet delves into the benefits and challenges of internal and external secondments and provides examples of the types of work that are appropriate. It explores the role of HR and L&D in supporting secondments to realise the benefits fully, and offers guidance on how to ensure effective implementation of secondment opportunities.

CIPD viewpoint

What is secondment?

The basics: duration, eligibility and payment

Types of secondment

Effective implementation of secondments

Organisations that co-ordinate secondment opportunities

Further reading

This factsheet was last updated by CIPD staff.

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