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 level of English do employers require for tasks at work?

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Writing emails and letters

  • Global

Delivering presentations

  • Global

Participating in meetings

  • Global

Reading reports

  • Global
Advanced to native level
Basic to intermediate level

What does this mean?

Sectors such as Banking, Finance and Law have the highest English requirements compared to Travel, Leisure and Hospitality, where employers have lower language requirements. Companies in non-native English-speaking countries have the highest English language requirements – more than 49% require advanced levels of English.

Learn about these findings in our executive summary and register to download our full report, with detailed insights of what this means from our Cambridge English experts. We are experts in the English language testing requirements of businesses worldwide.

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