In Italy, the knowledge of foreign language has become strategic in everyday life. In the latest few years, the use of electronic devices, the explosion of the web and the greater ease in accessing to other languages contents (video or text), has allowed us to bring English in our life. But it is still not enough.
On the other hand, among the most required skills by the labour market, the knowledge of one or more foreign languages plays an increasingly important role. We all know that Englishis the most required language by the employer, but, besides English, which languages can complete the job seeker resume?
Job and foreign languages: what WollyBI data says.
The WollyBi big data analysis tool allows to deepen the theme of the most requested foreign languages in the labour market through the study of the job ads published on the web. Thanks to the research and the analysis methodology developed over the years, WollyBi analyses the data on the Web providing a final output that guarantees a simplified and immediate reading of data.
From January 2014 until now, there are over than 700,000 job advertisements on the web that required English language. The numbers relating to the other languages are smaller: it is close to 145.000 ads in total.
French is the second most requested language with more than 65.000 job ads, followed by German with just under 45.000 job ads. The official statistics of the Ministry of Economic Development shown France and Germany like the first and the second countries for import/export with Italy. Even the emerging markets on the international stage, China and Russia, find a significant response in the demand of employers, with reference to the language required in the job advertisements.
How many languages is necessary to know to find a job?
Using WollyBi data is possible to further explore the analysis by checking how many foreign languages are requested in each ad and which are the most sought combinations. Considering the announcements in which the knowledge of one foreign language is mentioned at least, in 10% of the cases two languages are required. Only in 3% of cases ads require three languages.
From 2014 till today,the most frequently employers’ requiredcombination is English and French with over than 35.000 job advertisements. English, German and French compose the group of three languages most indicated in job ads (7.000); to thisnumber, we must add the knowledge of Spanish that allowed to obtain another 2.000 job offers. The less frequent combinations that we point out are English – Spanish and English – Chinese, with more than 5.000 announcements. Moreover, combination of English and Japanese are required by only 700 job adv.
Which languages are required in Italian regions?
We also propose a geographical insight, where it is interesting to observe how some zones have specific requests for some languages compared to other zones’ job offers. The maps below highlight, in darker green, the regions with higher request’s percentage onthe total of job ads, for each of the nine languages considered.
It is interesting to note how in the autonomous regions, such as Valle d’Aosta and Trentino Alto Adige, typically connected with a foreign linguistic tradition given by the proximity and influences of France and Germany, jobs ads require knowledge of the French and German. English language is required in 2.828 ads of the 10.000 ads in Lombardia region, where the economy is more active, especially in Milan, given the strong presences of trade fairs and events.