Students without language skills will miss out on jobs, new report says

Students without language skills will miss out on jobs, new report says

Students without language skills will miss out on jobs, new report says

Students without language skills will miss out on jobs, new report says

The most requested languages ​​in all industries. Credit: Current language roles needed in the job market(2023).

British students who want to advance in the world of work should learn an additional language. New research from the University of Portsmouth, based on analysis of graduate job advertisements, reveals a high need for language skills that is often not met in secondary schools today.

dr Begoña Rodríguez de Céspedes is a Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Portsmouth and a board member of the University Council of Modern Languages. Faced with concerns that secondary schools often forego foreign language learning, she has looked into the needs of employers to find candidates with suitable skills.

Your research shows that it lists hundreds of graduate jobs that require an additional language. German is the most popular language, closely followed by French. Over a period of one month in the summer of 2022, Dr. Rodríguez de Céspedes UK job advertisements in a variety of employment sectors. The time frame reflected the time when many graduates apply for a job. A site was included in the data only if the site listed a second language as required or essential, rather than just desirable, preferred, or advantageous.

This new study comes as the UK Government announces new funding of £14.9 million to expand a ‘Language Centres’ scheme designed to increase the uptake and quality of language learning for 14-18 year olds. She places particular emphasis on increasing the number of German learners, a decision supported by this latest study from the University of Portsmouth.

A total of 619 vacancies were found on a variety of websites that required language proficiency as a key requirement, of which 237 required German, 208 French, 96 Spanish and 71 Italian. The research also examined which sectors made these requests. It turned out that customer service, customer support and call centers was the top demand area with 171 ads. Sales, Account Management & Business Development followed, making 120 requests for additional language skills.

dr Rodríguez de Céspedes says: “It is clear that employers are crying out for job applicants who speak additional languages, with the government also acknowledging the crisis that has developed due to a sharp drop in the number of students studying these languages. Our research has shown that having an additional language across multiple employment sectors is not only desirable, it is even essential. Students who want to advance in the world of work should learn an additional language to give themselves a chance to qualify for hundreds of jobs.”

More information:
Report: atc.org.uk/language-skills-sti…-the-uks-job-market/

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