Here at Europe Language Jobs, we experience firsthand, the trends in the demand for languages. Predictably, English has sat at the top of the list for a long time with over 90% of our offers requiring English, and this percentage shows no signs dropping.
But, 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 speakers are the fifth most demanded 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 demanded 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 landing that dream job, you will have to seriously consider relocating.
The answer is…
Enough facts and figures! The smart ones amongst you may have already deduced by process of elimination which language is the hottest 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 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 start ups, as well as the fcat 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 German is a good place to start!