Bosley, the Language Bear

The Next Generation of Multilingual Professionals

Over 60% of businesses claim foreign languages are a barrier against expansion. During a time of fierce competition in the job market, the demand for multilingual professionals is increasing. The six month period between November 2008 and May 2009 saw a steep rise in levels of UK unemployment and, despite indicators of economic recovery during the first quarter of 2011, the UK still has a long way to go to achieve pre-recession employment rates. In contrast, the desirability of multilingual employees continues to rise.

Emerging Economies

Increasing globalisation is one of the major causes. The use of English as lingua franca is now being challenged by emerging economies such as Image1_225x305China. Companies with head offices based in the UK need to communicate effectively in order to compete. There are over eight hundred million speakers of Mandarin alone; a market too large to be overlooked.

The EU

Over half of the world’s population is multilingual, Europe being no exception. The EU recognises over twenty three official languages for doing business. At a time when employers are looking to cut expenses, polyglot professionals can offer greater value for money. Outsourcing translation tasks can be costly and time consuming. For these reasons, hiring multilinguals often provides a more efficient alternative.

 

London 2012
Image2_640x480Another reason for the rise in demand is the London 2012 Olympics. In the run up to the Olympic Games, London benefits from worldwide publicity. The Olympics increase employment rates in the capital, drawing visitors from across the globe. The city during this period will be even more linguistically diverse and the games will bring a boost to the tourism and advertising industries. Companies will use this unique opportunity to network and raise the profiles of their businesses. To do so on a world stage requires speakers of a vast range of languages.

Language Schools

Since London is a hive of multilingual activity, the city features many language schools and colleges. Employers often seek candidates with Image3_500x375multilingual fluency. Workers from within the tourism industry who need to improve their proficiency might benefit from an Italian or Spanish course London schools can offer.

Of course, which languages are in demand will vary from field to field. As mentioned, economies such as China are quickly growing in status. Languages spoken within the EU are also relatively popular due to proximity. Of these languages, French is a predominant contender. With the accessibility of the Eurostar, Paris and London now have strong business connections. Because of this, for professionals in the UK attempting to learn French London is a viable setting. Increasing interest in London based language schools demonstrates that both workers and employers realise multilingualism, now more than ever, is a vital skill in the workplace.