New study ranks most employable languages in the UK (Dutch and German above Mandarin and Arabic)

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Employment search engine JobisJob reveals which languages get the most job offers

Which language has the strongest career prospects in the UK? By contrasting the quantities of job offers on their site which feature the names of different languages, a new report from employment search engine JobisJob aims to answer just this question. And there's a few surprises along the way: Dutch, for example, comes out far higher than Arabic and Chinese.

Based on examining trends from some 17 million job offers, the study lists the top language (from the ten examined) in the UK hiring market as German, which promises nearly 50% more job offers per native speaker than second-place Dutch. At the bottom of the list, according to the study, there are over 150 more Polish native speakers per job opening than German natives.

In terms of other Indo-European languages, French, it seems, carries a certain cachet, Spanish and Italian come out somewhere in the middle and Portuguese ends up towards the bottom. Russian is also placed towards the middle. Looking further afield, it is perhaps surprising to note that (despite received wisdom which states that learning Mandarin or Arabic is a surefire way to get a job), employment offers for Mandarin speakers are about as competitive as those for Italian speakers, and offers for Arabic speakers are in fact highly competitive.

(A visual version of this information can be found here:

Average number of new job offers per week:
1.    German 1168
2.    French 1001
3.    Spanish 332
4.    Italian 300
5.    Dutch 290
6.    Russian 159
7.    Polish 74
8.    Mandarin 73
9.    Arabic 66
10.    Portuguese 62

Job offers per native speaker*:
1.    German 150
2.    Dutch 108
3.    French 68
4.    Mandarin 32
5.    Italian 32
6.    Spanish 27
7.    Russian 23
8.    Portuguese 5
9.    Arabic 4
10.    Polish 1
*Indexed in relation to Polish jobs

There are, of course, plenty of reasons to learn a language rather than sheer employability. But for an extra edge in the UK’s hiring market, this is the type of indicator it might be useful to bear in mind.

For more information about this study, including recommendations for top hiring cities for language speakers in the UK, a free white paper is featured here:

The language you speak isn’t featured? Like to know more information about this study? Don’t hesitate to get in touch using the details provided.

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