Abbreviations are shortened forms of words or lengthy phrases



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There are so many abbreviations that you may come across when looking through job adverts. To help you with your quest we thought it would be usefull to post some of the most common below:Sometimes adverts are so full of them that you may be left wondering what it is they are looking for.
AAE According to Age and Experience
ACA Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
ACCA Associate of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants B2B Business to Business
B2C Business to Customer/Consumer
B2E Business to Education B2G Business to Government
C or Circa Around/Approximately
CAA Civil Aviation Authority
CAD Computer Aided Design
CAM Computer Aided Manufacturing
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CIM Chartered Institute of Marketing
CIMA Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
CIPD Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
CIPS Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply
CNC Computer Numerical Control
CPMI Computerised Personnel Management Information
CRM Customer Relationship Management
CTOChief Technical Officer
CWQU Company Wide Quality Improvement
EAP Employee Assistance Programme
eCRM Electronic Customer Relationship Management
EFTPOS Electronic Funds Transfer Point of Sale
EIS Executive Information System/Enterprise Information Systems
EMEA Europe, Middle East & Africa
EPO Enterprise Profit Optimisation
EPOS Electronic Point of Sale
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning
FCA Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
FCCA Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants
FIFO First in First out (stock valuation)
FMCG Fast Moving Consumer Goods
FX Foreign Exchange
HRD Human Resource Development
HTML Hypertext Markup Language - programming code for web pages IIS Internet Information Server
ITInformation Technology
iTV Interactive Television
IWS Integrated Work Stations
JIT Just In Time (stock system) K Thousand
Kanban JIT method for reducing costs in high volume production lines  - derived from Japanese system - more info
KPI Key Performance Indicators
LAN Local Area Network
LEALocal Education Authority
LIFO Last In First Out (stock valuation)
M/F Male/Female
MBA Master of Business Administration
M-F Monday to Friday
MIS Management Information System
MRP Material Requisition Planning
Neg Negotiable
NPD New Product Development
NVQ National Vocational Qualification
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OTC Over The Counter
OTE On Target Earnings
PA Per Annum PA Personal Assistant
PCM Per Calendar Month
PRP Performance Related Pay
QA Quality Assurance
QC Quality Control
RF Radio Frequency
SAP (stands for 'systemanalyse und programmentwicklung' honest!) - enterprise wide software solution used by large companies to integrate applications - became popular in the early 90's
SAP APO SAP's Advanced Planning Optimiser is a software solution managing global supply chain management
SLA Service Level Agreement
SMC Surface Mounted Component
SMT Surface Mounted Technology
SPC Statistical Process Control SQL Pronounced 'see-qwell', stands for Structured Query Language - a popular programming language used in databases
T0C Table of Contents
TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TPM Total Preventative Maintenance/Total Productive Maintenance
TQC Total Quality Control
TQM Total Quality Management
TWAIN - Scanning Images (Term Without An Interesting Name)
UML Unified Modelling Language - programming language
W/E Weekend
WAPWireless Application Protocol
WPM Words Per Minute
XML Extensible Markup Language - pared down version of internet code and commonly used for writing WAP applications




Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

AD, (a, ac, af, ag, al, an, ap, ar, as, at)—to: e.g. adjoin, ascend, accede, affix, aggravate, alleviate, annex, append, arrive, assimilate, attain.

AMBI, amphi—both: e.g. ambidexterous, amphibian, amphibious.

ANTE—before: antecedent, antediluvian, anticipate.

ANTI—against: e.g. antidote, antipathy, anti-aircraft, antiseptic.

ARCH—leader, chief: e.g. Archangel, Archbishop.

ARCHAE—ancient: e.g. Archaeologist, archaic.

AUTO—self: e.g. autobiography, automobile.

BENE—well: e.g. benefactor, benevolent.

BI, bis—two, twice: e.g. bisect, bilingual, biennial.

CATA, cath—down, throughout: e.g. cataract, catapult, catholic.

C1RCUM—round: e.g. circumference, circum-navigate, circumlocution.

CIS—on this side: e.g. cis-alpine.

CON, (co, com, col, cor)—with, together, e.g. connect, co-operate, combine, collaborate, corroborate.

CONTRA, counter—against: e.g. contradict, counteract, controvert.

DE—down, away from: e.g. descend, dethrone, degenerate, deflect.

DECA—ten: e.g. decagon, decalogue.

DEMI—half: e.g. demi-god.

DIA—through: e.g. diameter, diagonal.

DIS, dia—in two: e.g. dissyllable.

DIS, (di, diff)—apart, asunder: e.g. differ, dispel, divert.

DYS—ill: e.g. dysentery.

EPI—upon: e.g. epitaph.

EQUI—equal: e.g. equidistant, equivalent, equilibrium.

EU—well: e.g. eulogy, euphony.

EX, ec—out of, from:   e.g. exodus, exhume, exclude, excavate, eccentric.

EX—former: e.g. ex-policeman, ex-soldier, ex-convict.

EXTRA—beyond: e.g. extraordinary.

FORE—before: e.g. foretell, forefinger, forehead.

HEMI—half: e.g. hemisphere.

HEPTA—seven: heptagon, heptarchy.

HETERO—different: heterogeneous, heterodox.

HEXA—six: e.g. hexagon, hexameter. HOMO—the same: e.g. homogeneous, homonym.

HYPER—beyond, above: e.g. hyperbole, hyper-sensitive.

HYPO—under: e.g. hypothesis.

IN (ig, il, im, ir)—not: {These are used before adjectives) e.g. invisible.

ignoble, illegal, impure, irregular.

IN (il, im, ir, em, en)—into: {These are used before verbs)

 e.g. inject, illustrate, import, irrigate, encourage, embrace.

INTER—between: e.g. intervene, intermediate, intercept.

INTRO—within: e.g. introduce.

JUXTA—near to: e.g. juxtaposition.

MAL, male—bad: e.g. malefactor, malediction, malice, malcontent.

MET A—change: e.g. metaphor, metamorphosis, metonomy.

MIS—wrong: e.g. mislead, miscount.

MONO—alone, one: e.g. monarch, monoplane, monologue.

NE, non—not: e.g. nonsense, negation.

OB (o, oc, of, op)—against, in the way of: e.g. obstacle, obnoxious, omit, occasion, offend, oppose.

OMNI—all, universal:  e.g. omnipotent, omniscience, omnivorous.

PARA, par—beside: e.g. parallel, parable.

PENE—almost: e.g. peninsula.

PENTA—five: e.g. pentagon.

PER—through, thoroughly: e.g. perfect, percolate.

PERI—around: e.g. perimeter.

POLY—many: e.g. polygamist, polygon, polysyllabic.


POST—after: e.g. posthumous, post-mortem, postscript.

PRE—before: e.g. predecessor, preamble, precede.

PRETER—beyond: e.g. preternatural.

PRO—for: e.g. pronoun, produce, propel.

PRO—before: e.g. prologue, prognosticate.

PSEUDO—sham: e.g. pseudonym.

RE—back, again: e.g. rediscover, react, rejoin, remit.

RETRO—backwards: e.g. retrograde, retrospect.

SE—aside, apart: e.g. seclude, seduce, separate.

SEMI—half: e.g. semi-circle, semicolon.

SINE—without: e.g. sinecure.

SUB—under: e.g. submarine, subordinate, subterranean.

SUPER—above:     e.g.    superhuman,    supernatural,


SUR—above: e.g. surmount.

TRANS—across: e.g. transport, transmit, transatlantic.

TRI—three: e.g. triangle, tripod, triple, tricycle.

ULTRA—beyond: e.g. ultra-modern, ultra-violet, ultra-mundane.

VICE—in place of, for: e.g. viceroy, vice-captain, vice-president.


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