Article Details

Article Details

Focus on foreign languages (Analytical highlight)

Author: European Commission
Publisher: European Commission
Date of Publication: 2014
Series Title: EU Skills Panorama

Key messages:

  • Globalisation is likely to increase the demand for foreign language skills in European labour markets in the short- to medium-term.
  • English is regarded as an important basic skill demanded by recruiters throughout Europe, but additional languages increasingly make the difference to business.
  • Only 42% of teenage pupils are competent in their first foreign language and just 20% in their second foreign language.

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