Tags: Language

Retailer Hobbycraft’s foreign staff face disciplinary action if they speak in their own language

Hobbycraft’s recent decision of asking its foreign workers in Burton to only use English during working hours might lead to legal consequences, says the Daily Mail. During a meeting held last week, the management of the company informed its staff that an internal policy advised workers to only use English whilst conversing during working hours.…

Donavan Whyte: The Year Businesses Take Languages Seriously

Mandarin and German will be the fastest growing business languages of 2014, with Russian following soon after I anticipate that Chinese Mandarin will see an increase in popularity as one of the most needed languages for businesses in Europe in 2014. As trade with China increases and political barriers fall, demand for communication in Mandarin…

Donavan Whyte: Is saying hello to Chinese and goodbye to French really a good idea?

When it comes to language in business Chinese is important, but forgetting our European neighbours could be bad for business. David Cameron’s recent visit to China has once again put the spotlight on language learning in the UK. It isn’t the only event this year that has focused the mind on this area. The Daily…

28,000 temp workers needed between now and Christmas, especially multi-lingual operators

An average 28,000 temporary workers will be hired per week between now and Christmas according to multi-brand recruitment organisation, The Cordant Group,’s own internal vacancy figures, as companies prepare for the seasonal rush.  This is an increase of 8,000 a week compared to The Cordant Group’s number of average weekly temporary job vacancies. With the British Retail Consortium describing…

Employers stress the importance of foreign language skills for UK workforce

The UK has an alarming shortage of people able to speak the ten most important foreign languages for the country’s future prosperity and global standing, according to a report published today by the British Council. The Languages for the Future report identifies Spanish, Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Japanese as…

Poor Communication and Language Skills of Employees are Constraining International Growth Prospects of Companies

According to a global report out today, almost half of executives (49%) admit that communication misunderstandings and messages lost in translation have stood in the way of major international business deals and resulted in significant losses for their company. Brazilian and Chinese companies have been affected even more so with 74% and 61% respectively reporting…

Poor language skills a £7.3 billion ‘tax on trade’ for UK

A new research report published today by charity the Education and Employers Taskforce argues the economic case for language learning in Britain and how employers can help. UK plc held back The decline in language learning is holding back both young people and UK plc as a whole. The report highlights consistently high employer demand…