Most requested languages across all sectors. Credit: There is a need for current language roles in the job market(2023).
British students who want to get ahead in the world of work should be studying an additional language. New research from the University of Portsmouth, based on an analysis of job adverts aimed at graduates, shows a high demand for language skills that are now often underserved in secondary school settings.
Begoña Rodríguez de Céspedes is a Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Portsmouth and a member of the Executive Committee of the University Modern Languages Council. Amidst concerns that secondary schools often fail to require the study of foreign languages, she is looking at the needs of employers to find candidates with the appropriate skills.
Her research shows that there are hundreds of jobs listed for graduates where an additional language is required. German is the most requested, followed closely by French. Over a period of one month in the summer of 2022, Dr. Rodríguez de Céspedes monitors job adverts in the UK in a wide range of employment areas. The time frame reflected the period during which many graduates apply for work. A job was only listed in the data if the second language was listed in the job as a necessary or required language, rather than just as desirable, preferred or advantageous.
This new study comes as the UK Government announces £14.9 million of new funding to expand the ‘language hub’ scheme, designed to increase the number and quality of language teaching for 14-18 year olds. It is placing a particular focus on increasing the number of students studying German, a decision supported by this latest research from the University of Portsmouth.
A total of 619 jobs were found on the many websites that required mastery of languages as a primary requirement, of which 237 requested German, 208 requested French, 96 listed Spanish and 71 requested a candidate to speak Italian. . The research also looked at the sectors that were making these requests. Customer Service, Customer Support & Call Center was found to be the area of highest demand, accounting for 171 adverts. This was followed by Sales, Account Management & Business Development who made 120 requests for additional language skills.
Dr. says Rodríguez de Céspedes, “It is clear that employers are crying out for job candidates to speak additional languages, while the government also recognizes the crisis that has arisen due to a large drop in the number of students studying them . It has been shown that an additional language is not just desirable across multiple employment sectors, it is necessary. Students who want to get ahead in the world of work should be studying an additional language to give themselves the chance to qualify for hundreds of jobs.”
Report: atc.org.uk/language-skills-sti … -the-uks-job-market/
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