How could ‘Brexit’ Impact the Bilingual Jobs Market?

There probably aren’t many talking points bigger than ‘Brexit’ right now in the UK. For those of you without a firm grasp of your political abbreviations, Brexit is the shortened form of ‘British exit’, and it refers to the possibility that Britain will withdraw from the European Union. The recent local elections received a pretty abysmal turnout, but the up coming in-out referendum on the UK’s EU membership, to held on June 23, has got everyone talking.

The reason so many people are interested in the ‘should we stay or should we go?’ question right now is because the potential impact of a vote to leave will be felt in so many different ways. The effects are even likely to reach all you bilingual job seekers in one way or another. So, if you’re interested in the health of the bilingual jobs market, what do you need to know?

There could be more jobs for British bilinguals

According to recent research by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory, most EU citizens currently working in the UK would not meet existing visa requirements for non-EU foreign nationals who apply for jobs here.

The study shows there are almost 2.2million EU workers in the UK, making up about 6.6 percent of the total workforce. Many of these work in sectors where bilingualism is not a prerequisite for the role, such as manufacturing, retail, hotels and restaurants. However, there are also many who work in skilled roles, such as banking and finance, where the ability to speak a second language is essential.

The study acknowledges that Britain would likely change its immigration requirements if we voted to quit the EU, potentially easing the rules to allow some immigration. Legal experts also suggest that those already in the country would be entitled to stay.

However, if the UK was to leave the EU, there’s likely to be many more bilingual roles that would need to be filled by British bilingual speakers. This is due to the fact that immigration rules would be likely to tighten.

What impact would this have on the economy?

Although jobs would be easier for British bilinguals to find, companies in the UK already admit to struggling to employ bilingual speakers with the skill sets they need, and that’s with the current influx from the EU. Research for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills found that a lack of language skills in the UK is costing the economy around £48bn a year. If we leave the EU this skills deficit is likely to worsen, as one employer speaking to the Financial Times explains:

“I employ Germans to deal with German customers and French nationals to deal with French customers. While it is possible to find bilingual British nationals to replace such profiles, it would certainly be a lot harder to provide the same level of service.”

British bilinguals who want to work in the EU

If Britain were to tread the Brexit path, life could be made more difficult for British bilinguals looking for opportunities to work in the EU. If we vote ‘yes’ in June, UK citizens could have to satisfy more restrictive rules on getting a work permit, setting up a business, studying and bringing family members to join them in EU member states.

Although this doesn’t mean UK bilinguals won’t be able to find work in the EU, they probably won’t be able to come and go quite as easily as they can now. The rules are likely to be more restrictive, which could make it difficult to find that dream bilingual job abroad.

The help you need to find a bilingual job in the UK

Brexit or no Brexit, at Linguistica Recruitment we’re here to help you find top bilingual job opportunities on the South Coast of England. Please take a look at our latest bilingual vacancies and send us your CV today.

5 Ways to Land a Bilingual Job after Completing your Languages Degree

The good news is that landing your first bilingual job fresh out of university is now easier than ever before. Modern language graduates are in demand as UK businesses increasingly seek individuals with the skills to help them flourish overseas. And it’s not just the same old global brands that are seeking to fill their positions with bilingual speakers. Thanks to globalisation and the ease with which businesses can now do business abroad, an increasing number of small UK businesses are looking to fill graduate level roles with second language speakers.

With that in mind, here are 5 top tips to help you land your first bilingual role after completing a modern languages degree:

1. Identify opportunities in your chosen sector

Graduates of modern language are now in demand across many sectors of business and industry, in roles that extend well beyond interpretation and translation to encompass everything from banking and finance to marketing, new media and I.T. Even new Met Police recruits must be able to speak a second language.

If you’re considering sending off speculative CVs to companies in your chosen sector, be specific. Employers don’t like vague applications. Pick something that most suits your interest, experience and skills and demonstrate your passion and knowledge for that particular path. Following your interests and choosing a sector you have a genuine passion for will allow your enthusiasm to shine through.

2. Don’t think of your first bilingual job as your defining role

Many graduates think their first job will make or break their future careers. It won’t. Getting any role where you can use your bilingualism is a huge plus, whether that’s as a customer support representative, an administrator or any other starting role.

Most employers will look for bilingual speakers with skills in other aspects of business and finance, so this is a great way to increase your experience while putting your language skills to practice in a professional environment.

3. Harness the power of social media

Love it or loathe it, social platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter are increasingly powerful tools in your bilingual job search. LinkedIn is undoubtedly the most valuable social tool for graduate job seekers.

LinkedIn is regularly scoured by recruiters and even the employers themselves for individuals with the linguistic skill sets they need. Of course, it goes without saying to keep all your publicly accessible information employer-friendly. Here are a few way you can use LinkedIn to fast track your bilingual job search.

4. Be proactive

It might be a terrible management buzzword, but being proactive plays a huge part in not only finding a bilingual job more quickly, but also in finding a role you’re likely to enjoy. You should see your bilingual job hunt as a continuous process as there’s always something else you can do.

Firstly, signing up with a specialist language recruitment agency is a great place to start. But don’t just sit back and wait for a job to be found for you. Following the industries and sectors of work that interest you the most can help you move in the right circles. Narrowing your search to particular employers you know hire bilingual speakers and sending an enquiry is an excellent way to show just how much you want to be part of their team.

Finally, a politely worded email to individuals already working in the type of role you want is an effective way of finding out if any more opportunities are coming up.

5. Never give up!

There’s always stiff competition for graduate jobs in the UK, but your bilingualism is an incredibly valuable asset in the current jobs market that will give you a real boost. If bilingual opportunities in your area are few and far between, consider moving. Your opportunities will be far greater in London than in a regional market town. Most importantly, don’t give up on your dream job. Whatever you have to do to pay the bills in the meantime, always keep your eye on the prize!

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5 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Find your Next Bilingual Job

In some cases, social media can be as much of a hindrance to your job prospects as a help. We’ve all heard those stories of job applicants’ hopes being dashed by their latest Facebook posts, but LinkedIn is your opportunity to put your professional face forward.

LinkedIn is your resume online. It is searchable by employers and recruiters, and with bilingual speakers in such high demand, using LinkedIn in the right way could help you find your next job. In this post, we’re going to take a look at 5 ways you can use LinkedIn to attract attention in all the right ways.

1. Make it easy for recruiters and employers to find you

Most recruiters and employers have the luxury of being able to wait for jobseekers to come to them, but with bilingual speakers in such high demand, recruiters commonly use tools like LinkedIn to headhunt prospective applicants.

To give your LinkedIn profile the best chance of catching a recruiter’s eye, you need to make sure it’s searchable. Your LinkedIn headline allows you to sum up who you are, and the kind of role you are looking for. Recruiters will use straightforward keyword searches, so by including terms such as ‘bilingual speaker’ and the job roles you’re interested in, you increase your chances of being found.

2. Follow the right companies

Following companies you’d be interested in working for gives you access to information you might not otherwise be able to find. You’ll receive updates when people leave or join the company and when new jobs are posted. LinkedIn company pages will also show you if any of your contacts know people who work for these organisations. That could provide a potential way in.

3. Hand pick the right skills

Be specific about the skills you have and make sure these correlate with opportunities you’re looking for in the future. Below the ‘Experience and Education’ section you’ll find ‘Skills & Expertise’. This is where you can tell potential employers exactly what you can do. Your connections can then ‘endorse’ these skills, adding credibility and trustworthiness to your profile. Previous employers can add references to your profile. This is exactly what recruiters and prospective employers will want to see.

4. Showcase your work wherever possible

LinkedIn allows you to upload websites, publications and presentations to your profile. So, if you have a piece of work you are particularly proud of that perfectly demonstrates your skills, make sure you upload it. For example, if your last role was as a bilingual marketer or content creator, upload some of the resources you were responsible for producing.

5. Keep your profile up to date

Recruiters and employers can be wary of gaps in your employment, so make sure you keep your profile fresh by adding your most recent experience as you go. There’s also a risk that an inactive profile will turn recruiters and employers off, so keep busy and that dream bilingual job might just come to you.

How can we help?

As bilingual recruitment specialists, we are always on the lookout for talented bilingual speakers on the South Coast of England. If that sounds like you, please get in touch to discuss your requirements or submit your CV today.

Translation: The Fast Growing Career Where Every Word Counts

There’s some excellent news for those of you searching for your next bilingual job, particularly if you have previous experience working in the translation industry. Research conducted in the US by the website CareerBuilder, has found that translation and interpreting is the fastest-growing industry in the country. That means, in the not-too-distant future, there’s likely to be a surge in the number of roles in our already flourishing translation and interpreting sector.

According to the report, the translation and interpreting services industry is expected to grow by 36 percent by 2019. The only profession expected to have a higher growth rate than is a home care assistant, with demand expected to grow by 48 percent.

What is driving the growth in translation?

Two factors are powering the growth of the translation industry in countries like the US and the UK. Firstly, there has been a considerable rise in migration in the last decade, with net migration in the UK at an all-time high. This has increased the need for domestic services to be delivered in multiple languages.

Then there’s the surge in the number of commercial enterprises looking to expand their offerings overseas. There are now fewer barriers to entry in foreign markets than there have ever been before. Simply translating or transcreating your existing website and online content is often enough to expand internationally online.

How much can a translator or interpreter expect to earn?

Bilingual jobs are comparatively well paid due to just how highly sought-after linguistic skill sets are. A bilingual speaker will typically earn between 5 percent and 20 percent more than their monolingual counterparts.

Although there are a wealth of bilingual job opportunities currently in the UK, many translators and interpreters choose to work on a freelance basis. The average wage for a professional translator or interpreter is £29,000 a year, or £14 an hour, although this can vary considerably depending on the role.

What makes a good translator?

Bilingualism is not the only skill you’ll need to be a good interpreter or translator. Just as having two feet doesn’t make you Lionel Messi, speaking two languages does not make you an excellent translator.

Many translators set their sights on the profession from a young age and go through a formal training or degree programme to give them the skills they need. Some of the best translators and interpreters are immigrants who have a second language, but also have specific experience in a technical field like medicine or engineering. This gives them the specialised vocabulary they’ll need.

Although the two jobs are often thought of as interchangeable, that view couldn’t be further from the truth. Translators generally work on texts, using their research and writing skills to create word perfect translations. Interpreters perform simultaneous in-person translation, which is much more reliant on interpersonal skills and the ability to think on your feet.

Industry threats and opportunities

While onlookers might consider the improvement in translation technology a threat to the industry, insiders believe machine translation tools represent an opportunity, not a challenge.

Technology definitely has a role to play and in some translations, but it only provides a very rough sense of the translated passage. In medical, legal and other technical translations, every word must be perfect. When performing such exacting translations, there really is no substitute for a human translator.

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How to Ruin your Bilingual Job Chances in 140 Characters

Who could have predicted the impact social media has had on our lives in the last decade? Whether you love it or loathe it, the rise of social media is undeniable. For bilingual jobseekers, social media has the power to help you land or lose your dream job in 140 characters, so it’s essential you think carefully about what you’re posting online.

A recent survey by recruitment technology site Jobvite, found that 92 percent of recruiters now look at a candidate’s social media profile when hiring. Those recruiters looked at the following sites:

  • LinkedIn -87 percent
  • Facebook – 55 percent
  • Twitter – 47 percent
  • YouTube – 21 percent
  • Google+ – 14 percent

While your qualifications and experience will form the first part of the screening process, recruiters and employers then turn to social media to see whether a candidate is worth bringing in for interview. Used correctly, your social media profiles could elevate your bilingual job application to the top of the pile. Used wrongly, and your otherwise promising application could find itself in the bin.

Where does it all go wrong?

We are all entitled to a private life and those private lives are allowed to be fun. In fact, an active social life will usually be seen as a positive by an employer as it shows you have the potential to be a team player. LinkedIn is the platform most likely to be viewed by a prospective employer, so this is the place to put your professional face forward. Here you should comment on industry trends and news, follow the right people and generally show an interest in your chosen sector.

Facebook and Twitter are undoubtedly the two biggest social media stumbling blocks for job applicants. 69 percent of employers have rejected candidates based on their social media activity. The most common reasons cited by employers include:

  • Posting inappropriate photos or comments – 11 percent
  • Posting negative comments about a previous employer – 11 percent
  • Demonstrating poor communication skills – 11 percent
  • Posts about taking drugs – 10 percent
  • Discriminatory comments – 10 percent
  • Posts about drinking – 9 percent

Be vigilant

To prevent your social media activity from damaging your bilingual job prospects, never post anything you wouldn’t mind a potential employer seeing. If you can’t be sure your friends won’t tag you in a questionable snap, make sure you check your Facebook privacy settings.

While it is good to have an opinion, it might also be wise to steer clear of posting anything too political. While employers cannot discriminate on political grounds, they are also unlikely to employ an individual with excessively strong and potential divisive opinions.

Social media mistakes that killed a few careers

Here are a few real life examples of how social media has cost these careless workers their jobs:

– One lucky new Cisco employee tweeted: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.” She received a reply from the hiring manager informing her the job offer had been rescinded.

– You’d think a professional social media strategist would know better, but a hapless employee who thought he had logged into his personal account tweeted the following from Chrysler’s corporate account: “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to f*cking drive.” He was sacked the next day.

– A waitress blasted two customers on Facebook for giving a lousy tip and keeping her at the restaurant till late. She also made the ingenious move to identify the restaurant by name. Needless to say, her P45 was in the post.

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Top Interview Tips for Bilingual Job Applicants

The demand for bilingual employees continues to grow as more and more UK companies and organisations look to expand abroad. This includes business development and customer support roles, as well as more traditional bilingual job titles like translators and interpreters. However, there is also a growing requirement to meet the needs of the local multicultural demographic in the UK, with bilingual workers increasingly sought for roles like police officers, social workers and care assistants.

With such a wide range of organisations specifically seeking to recruit bilingual speakers across the UK, there certainly shouldn’t be a shortage of roles for applicants to choose from. And clearly, your specialist skill set does put you at a distinct advantage when applying for a number of modern roles. But, despite this privileged position, you will still have to go through that all-important interview process.

When preparing for your interview as a bilingual worker, there are a couple of extra steps you can take to show your bilingual skills in the very best light. Here are our top tips to help you climb to the top of the interviewer’s shortlist.

Research the company in both languages

If you’re applying for a bilingual role, ideally you should have a clear picture of the company’s work in the UK and abroad. Any company operating in a non-English market is likely to have a native language website. Look up this website and make a note of how the company works in, and targets, that market. When you’re asked the inevitable “what do you know about our company?” you’ll be able to earn extra brownie points by identifying key differences between their UK and overseas operation.

Find out how often you’ll use the second language

You should also focus your research on finding out how often you’ll be expected to use your second language skills. Bilingual jobs can differ wildly in their scope, from those where the role is conducted primarily in the second language; to those where this skill will only be needed on occasion. If the job description doesn’t provide you with the information you need, talk to the recruiter at the employment agency who should be able to help. Understanding exactly how your language skills will be used will help you tailor your interview answers to meet the company’s needs.

Emphasise your bi-cultural achievements

The majority of bilingual workers have lived or worked abroad at some point. It is this knowledge, not only of a foreign language but also of the culture, customs and dialects of a country, that can really make you shine. If you have been on an international placement at university or lived abroad for a period of time, make sure you talk about these achievements during the interview.

Prepare to be tested

Expect your bilingual abilities to be tested at some point during the interview. You may receive details of the test from the recruitment agent, but if not, phone up and ask for any details they have. Some employers will expect you to demonstrate your language abilities by answering questions in the target language; while others will ask you to complete a proficiency test of some sort.

When planning your interview answers, make sure you do so in both languages. You can also find plenty of proficiency tests online to brush up on your skills.

How can we help?

As a specialist bilingual recruiter, we match skilled workers with a variety of businesses across the South Coast. Take a look at our current vacancies and please get in touch with our team.

Recruitment Tips: How to Hire Bilingual Workers

If you’ve made the decision to hire a bilingual worker then you’re obviously aware just what an asset they can be in an increasingly globalised world. Bilingual workers in the UK are in greater demand than ever before, which can make the hiring process a challenge. For this additional skill set, you should also expect to pay a little bit more, with bilingual workers commanding an average of 12 percent more than their monolingual counterparts.

In some sectors, bilingual workers are in particularly high demand. In the corporate world, bilingual speakers are a huge boon for international businesses, but they are also becoming increasingly prevalent in charity, medical, public sector and legal professions. So, it’s clear you’re going to face fierce competition for the brightest bilingual minds, which is why we’ve created these top recruitment tips to help you find the best talent.

Look for past experience working for British businesses

British businesses that are hiring foreign language speaking staff for the first time should look for those with experience working for British businesses. It doesn’t matter whether they used their foreign language skill in the role; you simply need to know they are familiar and comfortable with the culture of a British workplace.

Think about the other skills bilingual workers can bring

If you’re looking to recruit bilingual workers then you’re clearly aware of the value of their linguistic skill set, but you should also consider the other benefits they can bring. Significant benefits arise where migrants assist a business’s expansion by sharing insights and connections to international markets. You should also consider their ability to introduce new ideas and innovations, and add skills that are culturally unique and complementary to the role.

Clearly advertise the level of language skills you’re looking for

Companies that produce job advertisements that clearly explain the level of language proficiency they need are much more successful at hiring and retaining the most qualified bilingual speakers. Also, explaining that language skills will be tested in the advertisement will weed out unqualified candidates from the start, without having to foot the bill for additional language tests.

Assess their language skills

Never take the simple ticking of a box marked ‘fluent’ as proof of the candidate’s foreign language fluency. If you’re recruiting a bilingual worker without the assistance of a specialist multilingual recruitment agency, make sure you assess the candidate’s language communication and comprehension skills. There are a number of objective, scientifically designed assessments to gauge their verbal and/or written communication skills, so make sure you use them.

Some companies prefer to assess candidates’ linguistic skills for bilingual positions at the first stage of the hiring process to ensure they only use internal resources on qualified candidates. Other companies may assess language proficiency at the final stage of the recruitment process once the other hiring criteria have been met.

Use a specialist linguistic recruiter

Given the high level of demand for bilingual workers, finding a candidate with the necessary qualifications and experience to fill the role can be a challenge for UK companies. At Linguistica Recruitment, we have a track record of finding and placing talented multilingual staff in commercial, technical and administrative positions across the South Coast.

Get in touch with our team today for expert help filling your marketing, human resources, I.T., legal, logistics, finance or market research role.

The Most Unusual Job Interview Questions of 2015

In the majority of job interviews, the same questions are wheeled out ad infinitum. You can go to two interviews for wildly differing job roles in completely different sectors, and almost guarantee the same questions will crop up.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

A: Harvesting the grapes on my very own vineyard

Q: What are your weaknesses?

A: How long have you got?

Your responses to these cookie cutter questions can be so polished and rehearsed (unlike the above) that they provide very little insight into your character or the way you think.

Increasingly, many leading companies are choosing to buck the trend and ask more obscure, off-the-wall questions to catch candidates off guard. These questions are designed to assess a candidate’s analytical thinking and how they view the world. And, in many cases, the process of getting to the answer is more important than the answer itself.

So here, courtesy of Glassdoor, are some of the strangest interview questions of 2015. What would your answer be?

1. Describe the colour yellow to someone who is blind
(Asked by Spirit Airlines, USA)

2. If you had to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?
(Asked by Bose, USA)

3. Give me 7 things you can do with this pen?
(Asked by HitFox Group, Germany)

4. How would you measure the height of a building with a barometer?
(Asked by Unicredit Management Consulting, Germany)

5. What was your opinion of the film Blair Witch Project?
(Asked by Jeffries & Company, a UK investment company)

6. How would you sell a fridge to an Eskimo?
(Asked by Harrods, UK)

7. If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails but could only answer 300, how would you choose which to answer?
(Asked by Dropbox, USA)

8. What is the wildest thing you’ve ever done?
(Asked by Metro Bank, UK)

9. What would you take with you to a deserted island and why?
(Asked by Urban Outfitters, UK)

10. Explain how to cook eggs perfectly
(Asked by Fraunhofer Society – a German research facility)

So how did you do? If you came up with well reasoned answers rather than a shrug of the shoulders or a one-word answer, there’s every chance you would have passed the obscure interview question test. If nothing else, at least this prepares you to think ‘outside the box’ and could be just the practice you need to ace your next language job interview.

Have you been on the receiving end of any weird and wonderful interview questions? Get in touch in the comments section below with the question you were asked and your answer.

Five Reasons Why Being Bilingual Really is the Business!

If you’re bilingual and living in the UK, you’re walking around with a rare and incredibly valuable skill. Despite being a multicultural country, the UK is still way behind when it comes to the proliferation of polyglots. In the UK, just 7 percent of the population claim to be bilingual; compare this to the 20 percent in the US and you’ll soon see just how far we have to go.

So, this makes you one of a pretty small minority, and as such, you can take advantage of a range of opportunities that simply do not exist for the majority of your compatriots. Not only can you apply for the increasing number of well-paid foreign language jobs out there, but you can also show off your language skills when travelling abroad.

So here are five reasons why being bilingual really is the business..!

1. You can apply for lots of jobs potential competitors can’t!

The demand for bilingual employees in the UK is on the rise, with two-thirds of UK businesses identifying a need to recruit staff with foreign language skills. Such is the dearth of talented foreign language speakers in the UK, that this shortfall is even threatening to stifle the economy. So, your luck’s in!

2. Bilingual employees earn more money

The ability to speak more than one language is a very saleable skill, and as we’ve identified above, the demand for bilingual workers is far outstripping supply. A survey of 2,700 employers found that polyglots can expect to earn an extra £3,000 a year for their additional language, which equates to a total of £145,000 over their working lives. Employers paying the national average salary of £25,818 are also willing to pay as much as 12 percent more for a second language.

3. You get to go on those exciting overseas trips

Fluency in another language means when your employer needs someone to travel abroad to meet an important client or supplier, your ability to communicate on their terms and understand the cultural nuances gives you a great chance of landing the job. You are automatically more versatile, which makes you more valuable too!

4. You have a unique set of skills

Being bilingual is a lot more than a simple selling point on your CV. Research has shown that the ability to speak another language can improve problem-solving skills and the ability to multi-task. Polyglots are also better negotiators as they are able to see the same situation from an entirely different perspective. Bilinguals also tend to judge risk differently in a second language, which leads them to make more rational economic decisions.

5. Your memory will get an all-important boost

Anyone who has tried to learn another language will be aware just how much brain space all that vocab requires. Studies have shown that bilinguals will almost always perform better in memory tests than those who only speak one language. This is not just a great cognitive skill, but a valuable social skill too!

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Can Only Speaking One Language Reduce your Chances of Promotion?

It has long been accepted that the ability to speak another language can provide real benefits for your brain; but new research suggests it could also increase your chances of promotion.

These days, forward-thinking companies are seeking those with a breadth and depth of experience and learning, who thrive on change and are comfortable with ambiguity. Given the latest research into the cognitive benefits of multilingualism, it could well be the case that the ability to speak and write a foreign language is one hidden signpost that points towards the future stars of business.

Multinational companies have long recognised the benefits of multilingualism as a method of bridging the chasm that exists between business cultures. But could the ability to communicate in more than one language really increase your chances of promotion?

The research’s findings

The headline finding of Born Global, a recent study carried out by the British Academy, is that:

‘There are two disadvantages in global language arrangements: one is not knowing English; the other is only knowing English’.

Multinational companies recognise language skills as an advantage, particularly if they have been developed through international experience and academic study or training. As such, employers seeking culturally intelligent workers with a global mind-set will often look to recruit and promote those who can speak two or more languages.

Those who have studied foreign languages are perceived as having a more refined cognitive framework in which to make decisions and solve problems. It is not the ability to speak a foreign language fluently that makes an individual more employable; it’s the more subtle ability to recognise, understand and interpret cultural differences. This is particularly relevant in management and leadership positions.

Improvements in decision making

Researchers at a Barcelona University found that people tend to make more rational decisions in their second language, which is due to the added distance this puts between them and the decision. Second language learners can be more able negotiators, as they can see other people’s perspectives more clearly. There’s also an enhanced capacity to switch between tasks, and a greater ability to set priorities.

The researchers found that it didn’t matter whether the second language the employees spoke was French or Arabic, or even a less popular language such as Welsh. The enhanced ability remained the same.

The importance of diversity in leadership and management roles

The ability to speak at least one other language and relate to customers, clients and suppliers in other parts of the world is a distinct advantage in leadership and management roles. Knowledge of the local language adds value, and can play a significant role in oiling the wheels of commerce. Ultimately, it is these benefits that improve the promotion prospects of second language speakers.

How can we help?

If you speak English and have a second language fluency, we can help you find a rewarding and well paid career on the South Coast. For more information, please take a look at our latest vacancies or send us your CV today.