The top 9 languages for the highest-paid jobs in Britain

Mandarin, the most widely spoken language in the world, hit the rankings and so did Arabic

Lianna Brinded@liannabrinded
Sunday 25 September 2016 14:45
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The top 9 languages to learn if you want a high paying job in Britain

Learning a second language can be extremely lucrative for your career opportunities.

And after jobs search engine Adzuna analysed over 1 million live job postings on its website, it found out that some languages are more likely to get you a higher paid job than others in Britain, when employers advertised for jobs looking for someone who was at least bi-lingual.

Considering the UK voted to leave the European Union — dubbed a Brexit — and the nation does not know what that would entail for the jobs market, Adzuna's cofounder pointed out that having a second language could become even more sought-after, especially if businesses look to relocate overseas.

“We’ve spoken out about how being based in a city with quick access to skilled foreign language speakers helped Adzuna expand — 22% of Londoners speak another main language. Our study shows we are not unique; countless other businesses are looking to grow quicker by hiring workers with additional languages,” said Doug Monro, the cofounder of Adzuna.

“With nobody quite sure whether ‘Brexit means Brexit’ actually means an end to free movement, the business community will be looking to the UK government for assurances that access to skilled foreign language speakers will not be restricted.”

Stripping out the English language, it was not just European languages that featured in the list. Mandarin, the most widely spoken language in the world, hit the rankings and so did Arabic.

Check out which top 9 languages will get you the highest paid jobs in Britain:

9. Mandarin — £28,268. Adzuna says there are currently 1,246 job opportunities where an employer is looking for someone to speak the most widely spoken language in the world.

8. Italian — £28,723. Italian is the fourth most in-demand language across the UK with 2,460 postings.

7. Russian — £28,858. Speaking Russian is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand languages in the jobs sector with currently 1,237 available. This is due to the heightened amount of business deals, especially in the financial services sector, that require bi-linguists.

6. Japanese — £28,954. The number of job opportunities currently available for those who speak Japanese as well as English in the UK did not make the top 10 list of most in demand languages across Britain. However, if you can secure one of the few postings, it will get you one of the highest-paid jobs.

5. Spanish —£29,262. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and by speaking the tongue, you are able to more closely work with people in Europe, as well as those in the US and South America. There are currently 3,106 jobs available.

4. Dutch —£29,423. There are 1,865 jobs currently available for those able to speak the language of The Netherlands.

3. French — £32,646. It is perhaps unsurprising that there are 6,149 currently available for those who can speak French, mainly due to the close ties France has with the UK.

2. Arabic — £34,122. There are currently 1,113 jobs available to those who speak Arabic as well as English, which is less than some of the languages that are lower down in the list. However, the jobs are generally better paid.

1. German — £34,534. Germany is one of Britain's biggest trade partners and has strong financial services and business ties with the UK. Speaking German will not only get you, in general, the highest-paid job, it is also the language that is in highest demand across job postings.

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