What is the meaning of "manpower planning"?

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"Manpower" referes to the number of people who will be involved in a given job. Different types of situations require different workers, sets of skills and training for varied groups of workers; the total number of workers also varies greatly from one project to another.

Manpower planning involves assessing a given project to determine the number of individuals who will be needed to complete each of the components or processes contained within the overall outcome. Manpower planning could mean determining the types of specialized training that will be required and the number of persons having these types of educations that must be located; figuring the number of laborers needed to do physical building or assembly; assuring that an adequate number of workers will be available at each location if work will be undertaken in more than one place; and putting support systems in place to take care of the workers.