The most in demand language to find a job – excluding English
The most in demand language right now may or may not surprise you. Predictably, English has sat at the top of the list for a long time with over 90% of the offers on Europe Language Jobs requiring English, and this percentage shows no signs of dropping. Just look at the high percentage of English speakers in countries in Europe!
But simply speaking English is no longer enough to compete in the modern-day job market. Everyone speaks English nowadays and although the demand is as high as ever, the supply is even higher. So if we take English out of the equation, which language is the most in demand right now?
If we assume that our numbers roughly mirror the trends in the European multilingual job market, then we can see that, behind English, there has been one language in particular demand over the last few years. What would your guess be?
If you said Spanish, like many people would expect, then - sorry! Spanish sits quite low on our list. However, we estimate that this is partly due to the fact that Spanish speakers can be found on other big job boards such as InfoJobs. At Europe Language Jobs, despite being based in Barcelona, Spanish is the fifth most demanded language on our database.
French maybe? You´re getting closer; geographically anyway. Around 20% of our job offers require French, making it the second (or third including English) most in demand language.
There is also a noticeably high number of Dutch speaking job offers, the next behind French on our database, and the Nordic languages are on the rise as well. Nordic countries have relatively small populations, alongside relatively large industries, therefore speakers are notoriously hard to find outside of their native countries. Swedish, Danish and Norwegian speaking job opportunities make up about 21% of our offers.
This does not mean that 21% of our active job offers are in the Nordic countries because in reality, not many of them are. In fact, our top 10 list of countries with active offers doesn´t include any of these three nations. This means that, if you are Swedish, Danish or Norwegian and you want to use your native language to broaden your possibilities of finding that dream job, you will have to seriously consider relocating.
The most in demand language is....
Enough facts and figures! The smart ones amongst you may have already deduced by process of elimination which language is the most demanded to find a job in Europe right now. For those who haven´t, here is the moment we've all been waiting for...
Apart from English, the language that is most in demand is, of course... German! With German industry and companies dominating the European economy, the requirements for people who speak the language are consistently in demand. 30% of our active offers require German.
However, as with the Nordic languages, these figures don´t mean that most of our offers are in Germany. In fact, Germany is tenth on our list of number of job offers per country. Spain shoots to the top as it has a lot of startups and large multinationals base themselves here in order to have lower costs in terms of opening operations centres and paying salaries. As well as the fact that people are willing and looking to relocate to southern Europe – must be the weather! This too explains the high numbers of jobs in Greece, Portugal and Malta.
Planning on increasing your employability? Looks like learning the most in demand language is a good place to start!
Dec 22, 2016 by Matt
I think it is proportional to how much employment you are creating for people and eventually, that becomes the most in-demand language :)
posted 5 months ago by Sushma
It is not surprised that list does not include Turkish :)
posted 2 years ago by Murat
Yes I got many feedback that Nordic Languages is important nowadays.
posted 2 years ago by Ammar
It's a good article. I speak Russian, English, Greek, and I wonder how this combination of languages may help in finding a job for a person of my age (close to 60 y.o.)....
posted 2 years ago by Vasilios
Yay! I speak French, English, Portuguese and German!
posted 2 years ago by Marie
Good article and I am happy to start learning Dutch.
posted 2 years ago by Asya
I speak Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese and I found this website very usefull to find a job
posted 2 years ago by anonymous
Interesting post! Finnish is one of the hardest languages to learn, also hard to find a Finnish person that would want to move out of the country because of great salaries, free education and almost free healthcare.
posted 2 years ago by Annika
Impresive article! Thank you
posted 2 years ago by Valerija
German probably...particularly in EU
posted 2 years ago by Camillo