I'd like to know what's the best word to describe someone that has been in a certain job position. For example, if I was hired in January and now it's March, my _______ (word I'd like to know) is 3 months.

In Spanish, I'd say antigüedad. Searching for this word in English it's translated as antiquity but it is defined as:

The ancient past, especially the period before the Middle Ages. Great Age.

So saying: My antiquity in the position is 3 months seems to be inaccurate, isn't it?

Please advise. Thanks in advance!



In one of its meanings:

a. The act, fact, manner, or condition of holding something in one's possession, as real estate or an office; occupation.
b. A period during which something is held.

(American Heritage Dictionary)

Examples of use:

Average job tenure has remained unchanged, subject to cyclical variation, for the last 25 years. The average duration of a job in progress is around five years. (source)
Why are Wages Upward Sloping with Tenure? … We might expect the hazard rate from jobs to decrease nonmonotonically with tenure. (source)

|improve this answer|||||
  • 1
    Seniority is what I meant in my question, but I didn't know the tenure word either. It will be useful for me to remember too. Thanks for your time to post the answer. – Metafaniel Dec 4 '19 at 20:43
  • 1
    @Metafaniel Sure, no problem. Note, however, that you can't really say my seniority is 3 months, but you can say my tenure is 3 months. The literal definition of seniority is a privileged status attained by length of continuous service (as in a company). For examples of usage of seniority, see here. – linguisticturn Dec 4 '19 at 20:49
  • 1
    @Metafaniel The things is, what one would probably actually say in everyday life is something like I have been [with the company]/[at my job] for 3 months. The word tenure in that context is rather formal, and is most commonly used in rather formal contexts (e.g The median tenure of an engineer at this company is seven years.) However, the question of formality aside, it is certainly good English to say things like Although his tenure was only eighteen months, he oversaw the transfer of the GSC from the Interior Department to the new Mines Department. – linguisticturn Dec 4 '19 at 22:03
  • 1
    @Metafaniel Note that, unlike seniority, the word tenure (in this sense of it) does not imply the attainment of any special privileges. On the other hand, the word seniority does imply privileges (or a lack of them if you say that someone doesn't have seniority, or doesn't have sufficient seniority). But to associate seniority to some time duration, one needs to use a different construction, e.g. An additional week of vacation will be given to workers with over 30 years of seniority. – linguisticturn Dec 4 '19 at 22:03
  • 1
    @Metafaniel In your original question, you didn't indicate that the word should indicate the attainment of special privileges that go with the length of employment (except possibly to those who know with precision what the Spanish word antigüedad means in this context). If that is in fact what you meant, you should modify the text of your question. Also, I would say that in that case, probably no English word would at the same time express the meaning you want and be able to be used in your sample sentence exactly as you phrased it. – linguisticturn Dec 4 '19 at 22:12

You are probably looking for:


the advantage that you get by working for a company for a long time:

  • In future, promotion will be based on merit not seniority.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

|improve this answer|||||
  • Thank you for your time for that answer, but tenure is what I actually meant (see comments with @linguisticturn) Thanks anyway. Greetings. – Metafaniel Dec 4 '19 at 22:42
  • 1
    @Metafaniel This is the better word for a present-tense sentence. I have [X time] of seniority. It's an ongoing situation. But if I were to say I have a tenure of [X time], that would imply that it's a temporary position that expires after that amount of time, which you have yet to complete. In the question, you ask about has been, which is something present and ongoing, without a fixed end. You don't use tenure for that. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Dec 13 '19 at 4:05

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.