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English at work presentation

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Cambridge English and QS present English at Work: global analysis of language skills in the workplace – a global, cross-industry overview of English language skills at work.

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English at work presentation

  1. 1. ENGLISH AT WORK Global analysis of language skills in the workplace Cambridge English, University of Cambridge
  2. 2. About 1.8 billion people around the world speak English, with 375 million of them being native speakers. That’s about 1 in every 4 of us.
  3. 3. We estimate that the number of English speakers will increase to 2.5 billion by 2050. English will almost always be the common language for international communication and business.
  4. 4. Part of the University of Cambridge Delivered over 50 million exams since 1913 Helping the world to learn and communicate in English more effectively Over 100 years’ experience in assessing English language
  5. 5. • Global cross industry overview of English skills • Series of questions from 2016 Global Employer Survey • Survey completed by 5,373 companies in 38 countries • Countries include: English at Work survey Turkey Germany Russia Saudi Arabia Spain France Japan India Italy China Jordan Portugal
  6. 6. 2 blocks of text with heading • QS was founded in 1990 • Highly regarded university world rankings report • Leading global provider of: • Higher education information • Careers information Cambridge English in collaboration with QS
  7. 7. • Employers asked about the importance of English in their organisation • Data from a number of sources: – Previous respondents to the survey since 2004 – Database of employers in key markets worldwide – Lists of employers submitted by HE institutions Methodology
  8. 8. • To understand the importance of English in businesses worldwide • To allow comparisons between countries • To offer guidance on improvements to current testing methods Objectives
  9. 9. Survey respondents – company size • Companies from 22 sectors – IT – Construction – Professional services – Retail • All HR Managers, CEOs and Senior Managers • Manage recruitment for the organisation
  10. 10. How important are English language skills? 75% of companies said that English is important
  11. 11. What is the most important English skill? What do you think is the most importance skill? Listening Reading Speaking Writing
  12. 12. How many employers have an English language skills gap? • Across all roles - average 30% skills gap • For Top Management 22% skills gap • For Marketing 27% skills gap • For customer services 32% skills gap • For HR 35% skills gap
  13. 13. What benefits are offered to employees with good English? What benefits do you offer?
  14. 14. How do employers evaluate English language skills? What methods do you use? English test (other organisation) 10% English test (own organisation) 12% Interview in English 29% School English certificate 14% English language certificate 18% Degree in English 17%
  15. 15. Conclusions • Overwhelming business demand for English language skills • Direct benefits in learning English • Unprecedented investment in English language learning • In 2002, Cambridge English had one million candidates • Now - five million candidates a year • Organisations that rely on Cambridge English exams as proof of English - doubled in 5 years
  16. 16. Find out more: www.cambridgeenglish.org/english-at-work

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