What the future holds
English is the language of international business, science and research.
Did you know?
So what exactly do employers want? Cambridge surveyed 5,300 employers in 38 countries.
Here is what they said.
1. How important is English?
English is important all over the world.
In the UK, 98% of employers say that English is important for their business.
“English is the real global language and is important in education, relations and business. I am the Chairman of one of the largest Italian Bank Foundations and we are dealing with more than 100 countries. Our work language is English.”
Professor Francesco Profumo, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
2. What are the career benefits of learning English?
In countries where English is not an official language, half of employers say that people with good English language skills get career benefits. These benefits include:
3. What are the most important English skills?
Employers say that the most important language skill is reading (in 12 industries) and then speaking (in eight industries).
Reading in English is important for developing professional knowledge. It’s the language most often used in international publications, contracts and instructions.
Speaking is the most important skill in service industries such as Travel and Hospitality, where customer service is a big part of the job.
Overall, employers say they want all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). So it’s important to practise all of them.