85 per cent em­ploy­ers say English skills are im­por­tant

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In a sur­vey con­ducted by QS Global in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cam­bridge English across 38 coun­tries and 5,373 em­ploy­ers, it shows that 97 per cent of all em­ploy­ers con­sider English skills to be of prime im­por­tance at the work­place. The per­cent­age is slightly lower for In­dia at 85 per cent, but higher than the sum (69 per cent) for coun­tries where the na­tive lan­guage is not English. While across sec­tors, speak­ing and read­ing in English were con­sid­ered to be the most im­por­tant, em­ploy­ers said that writ­ing in the lan­guage is equally im­por­tant.

The gap in English lan­guage skills is larger in coun­tries where it is not the of­fi­cial lan­guage. The study found that in such ar­eas or coun­tries, em­ploy­ers feel that over 70 per cent of their em­ploy­ees have this skills gap. The high­est gap was found across sec­tors of ac­count­ing and fi­nance, hu­man re­sources, and pro­duc­tion.

The re­port also found that em­ploy­ers be­lieve that while 73 per cent mid­dle-level man­agers pos­sess nec­es­sary English skills, one in ev­ery five top man­agers lack these skills to meet job ex­pec­ta­tions, lead­ing to a ma­jor road­block in their path to suc­cess. Ac­cord­ing to the study, 50 per cent em­ploy­ers be­lieve that good lan­guage skills are a pre­req­ui­site for faster growth in their job and at least 46 per cent feel that it af­fects in­crease in salary. Of the to­tal num­ber of em­ploy­ers who took part in the sur­vey, 98.5 per cent said they have at least one method of as­sess­ing English lan­guage com­pe­tency dur­ing re­cruit­ment process. In­ter­view­ing can­di­dates in English, for ex­am­ple, is the most com­mon method.

How­ever, while the de­mand for English lan­guage com­pe­tency is high, em­ploy­ers are not very will­ing to train em­ploy­ees if they lack skills. Only five per cent em­ploy­ers said that they are plan­ning to have train­ing mo­d­ules for im­prov­ing their em­ploy­ees’ lan­guage skills. The num­ber in­creases marginally in case of In­dian em­ploy­ers to eight per cent. The full re­port can be down­loaded at http://en­glishat­work.cam­bridgeenglish.org/about

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