Monthly Archives: June 2013

Which languages offer the greatest job opportunities in the UK? (infographic)

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Looking for a job which requires languages?

Which language opens the greatest amount of doors when looking for work in Britain? This infographic gives a snapshot of our recent study of labour market trends, which is explained in more detail in a free, downloadable white paper.

Infographic showing language job opportunities

This infographic is designed to give a quick overview. It is not an in-depth report. For more information, as well as up-to-date facts and figures, please contact us.

Sources: JobisJob database, ONS, NISRA

Which languages offer the greatest job opportunities in the UK?

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languagesworldLooking to learn a language? The benefits go far beyond simply being able to chat up attractive members of the opposite sex when on holiday in foreign climes. Speaking a second language gives you an extra skill to offer employers and a clear advantage in the hiring market. But which language offers the greatest career opportunities? Here’s a clue: it’s not Chinese.

Top languages for job offers in the UK

At first sight, the most sought-after languages in the UK are German and French, with Spanish, Italian and Dutch all coming up next. Compare this with job offers for each native speaker of the language in table 2, however, and the picture changes slightly. German still scores as the top second language in terms of opportunities, however in second place is Dutch. A fair way behind, French speakers also enjoy great amounts of opportunities.

Next comes Mandarin, Italian and Spanish, jobs for Italian speakers being slightly easier to find that jobs for Spanish speakers when compared to the number of natives in the UK. Arabic and Portuguese come surprisingly low on the list, and Polish – perhaps due to a very large quantity of native speakers – comes out bottom.

New job offers per week

  1. German – 1168
  2. French – 1001
  3. Spanish – 332
  4. Italian – 300
  5. Dutch – 290
  6. Russian – 159
  7. Polish – 74
  8. Mandarin – 73
  9. Arabic – 66
  10. Portuguese – 62
Job offers per native speaker*

  1. German – 150
  2. Dutch – 108
  3. French – 68
  4. Mandarin – 32
  5. Italian – 32
  6. Spanish – 27
  7. Russian – 23
  8. Portuguese – 5
  9. Arabic – 4
  10. Polish – 1

*Quantity of new job offers per week for each 10,000 native speakers

Which UK cities offer the most job offers for language speakers?

London seems to be by far the nation’s language capital when it comes to jobs, with 33% of offers for the languages included found in the City. The two second-largest cities, Birmingham and Manchester, pale in comparison, with just 1-2% of job offers to be found here. In particular, London is a hotspot for non-European language opportunities, with 55% of Mandarin, 52% of Russian and 41% of Arabic offers to be found here.

It might be worth bearing in mind that smaller areas of the UK have not been extensively analysed in this study – if there are few second language speakers in your local village, you might well find that opportunities are greater.


A final piece of good news for language learners: it seems as though you don’t have to be word-perfect in order to enhance your employment opportunities – according to the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), 74% of employers look for “conversational competence rather than full fluency”, with the ability to “break the ice with potential business partners, customers and clients” valued highly in the business world.

The languages selected have been chosen on the basis that they are some of the most widely-spoken in the UK; please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below if you’d like to know other results. This study has been taken from information from around 20 million job offers in 2012-13 – don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

You might also be interested in our free, downloadable PDF of this study, or the upcoming infographic snapshot version.

Sources: JobisJob database, ONS, NISRACBI. Images: Andrew Smith, Nicolas de Camaret

Which languages offer the greatest job opportunities in the UK? (white paper)

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Which language do you need to learn to access the greatest amount of employment opportunities in the UK? Take a look at this (free!) PDF report to find out. The language you speak isn’t featured on the list? Leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to provide you with up-to-date information tailored to your needs.

Too much information? Download this PDF to read later, or alternatively see our visual or text summary.

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Designing an infographic CV

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So you’ve seen those funky infographic CVs around, and have decided that you have to have one too. Creating a striking visual representation of your shining career trajectory, however, is easier said than done (and not so easily said, either). If you don’t want to pay for a design agency and aren’t capable of making your own infographic from scratch, you could try using some of the online resources listed below to help you.

(Before proceeding, do you really need an infographic CV? You might like to check out our latest article too see what recruiting pros think)

Free online tools for creating an infographic CV


CV designed by Hagan Blount.

Image banks
list_oklist_oklist_oklist_oklist_wrong Many online image banks, such as iStockPhoto and Getty Images, sell “packs” of infographic elements which you can use in your image-editing programme of choice. A good halfway-house if you have some design skills, but want to give things a more professional touch.

PowerPointlist_oklist_oklist_oklist_wronglist_wrong Surprisingly, you don’t need to be a Photoshop pro to make an infographic CV. Although it may lack much of the deftness of more advanced software, the humble MSOffice PowerPoint can also be used as a reasonable alternative. Even better, you can find free PowerPoint infographic templates and usage advice online.

Piktochart – list_oklist_oklist_oklist_wronglist_wrong An online tool that provides a wide variety of templates for making all kinds of infographic. Designs can sometimes be hard to customise, but otherwise Piktochart provides a good way to make professional-looking infographic CVs. Comes in free and paid versions. Also, take a look at and, which provide similar services. –  list_oklist_oklist_wronglist_wronglist_wrong Also discussed on our previous article (“6 free tools for creating a dynamic CV”), is an easy-to-use free online tool specially designed for creating infographic CVs. Taken from the high street of the design world, provides designs which don’t look too shabby, but bear in mind that there’s a chance that everyone else’s CVs will look exactly the same as yours. Resumup is a similar programme.

infographiccvWordlelist_oklist_oklist_oklist_oklist_wrong An old favourite. If you’re a little unsure about how to handle the infographic CV, a good halfway house can be to add the odd graphic element to standard text. As well as including the occasional line diagram, etc. from programmes like, you could create an attractive and easily-customisable word cloud displaying your numerous talents on Wordle. Cut and paste into your regular CV to give it that little extra something.

If you’re applying for a job as a designer, or in other creative professions, using an infographic CV may help your application stand out from the crowd, but do beware the pitfall of the unnecessary and unprofessional-looking infographic CV. Whatever you do, keep things simple, and if you can’t make something that looks good an infographic CV is best left to the professionals. See what you can create, but bear in mind that it may be wisest not to try this one at home.

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UK summer job trends 2013 (white paper)

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The following (free!) document contains a round-up of summer labour market trends, based on figures taken from the JobisJob databases. For more information regarding this document, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Too much information? Download our UK summer job trends PDF to read for later, or otherwise you might also be interested in seeing our (shorter) article or infographic snapshot.