Demand for Multilingual Recruitment Blooming

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Despite unemployment figures rising across UK and Europe after the “European Recession” in 2009, the demand for multilingual recruitment is still thriving with UK employers according to Top Language Jobs, Europe’s largest online job board for bilingual and multilingual candidates.

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In line with increased globalization, many companies with their head office in the UK have started trading in various geographical locations bringing many challenges including speaking to their worldwide based customers and clients in their own language. As a result, many companies in the UK are employing bilingual and multilingual professional’s year on year that would help serve the needs of trading in international markets. Various European Shared Service Centres as well as Call Centres have opened throughout the UK to meet the needs of large international companies with a demand for multilingual professionals.

The Graph below shows an increase in total number of language jobs posted on http://www.TopLanguageJobs.co.uk since 2007. In 2010, there were over 14,000 vacancies in the UK which required bilingual and multilingual professionals, an increase of 3300 jobs posted in 2009. Mr Aytac Irfan, the managing director of Top Languages Jobs, says “most of the employers posting these jobs prefer to recruit expatriates living in the UK, but the supply is low for native language speakers currently living in the UK”.

More over, a majority of the vacancies posted in 2010 by UK companies for language professionals have been looking for German, French, Italian and Dutch speaking professionals proving candidates with these language skills to be most in demand for the multilingual job market in the UK.

As many would expect when considering multilingual recruitment, it is not Education roles or Translating and Interpreting roles which is in demand. Besides, almost half of the jobs posted are suitable for graduates, closely followed by Customers Services, Marketing, Sales and Administration to be the most popular job sectors which require foreign languages skills within the UK.

It is apparent that multilingual recruitment is strong and growing in the UK.

Language professionals with industry skills living in the UK are encouraged to look at http://www.TopLanguageJobs.co.uk, and register their CV free of charge to start applying for the ever increasing demand for multilingual professionals from companies in the UK and throughout Europe.

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