English at Work

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. The English at Work findings are based on data from over 5,300 employers in 38 countries/territories that completed the annual QS Global Employer Survey, as well as insights from Cambridge English experts. For an overview of the English at Work initial findings, read the executive summary.

We asked employers across the world a series of questions about the importance of English in the workplace.

Discover the questions we asked them and find out what this means for your country, company size and sector. Use our country comparison to compare countries and regions against the global average.

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What benefits do organisations offer employees who have a good level of English?

All company sizes — All sectors — Showing Global

Faster progression through job grades

18%
18%
18%
  • Global

Increases in salary

17%
17%
17%
  • Global

More senior roles

8%
8%
8%
  • Global

Other

2%
2%
2%
  • Global

What does this mean?

Around 50% of employers offer a better starting package to applicants with good English language skills. Having these skills can lead to a faster progression through job grades and a higher salary increase. Better pay and benefits packages are most common in non-native English-speaking countries.

Learn more about the benefits for employees in your country in our full report. Register to download the English at Work report and find out what Cambridge English experts say about the findings.

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