Friday, May 01, 2009

No Manifesto Against English Requirement?

In this blog we have been reporting about the all out campaign in the Spanish state against the so called "minority languages": Euskara (Basque), Catalan (Catalonian) and Galego (Galizan). Strangely enough, we do not see that extreme right philosopher Fernado Savater leading a campaign against the English language that according to this note published at Finanzas should be the main source of concern for the ultra-nationalists in Spain and therefore the primary target:
27% of jobs require languages

English is required in 75% of job vacancies that require languages, followed by French, with 6.84%, and German, with 6.55%, according to Infoempleo.

Language skills are a requirement in 26.64% of skilled employment vacancies, with English being the most demanded language by companies in our country, according to Infoempleo.

Increased worker mobility, globalization of companies and high migration are the factors that have contributed to the gradual increase in demand for language in job vacancies, according to the Infoempleo report.

In relation to this trend, the president of, María Benjumea, appreciates that language skill is "an essential part of any professional profile, it is a key differentiator, adds value to the worker and can be key when a company decides to choose between one candidate or another. "

The study also points out that English is present in a total of 74.57% of job vacancies that require their candidates to have language skills, well ahead of French, with 6.84%, and German with 6.55%. For their part, Italian and Portuguese continue being less valued than the previous languages. They show a decline that leaves them each with a stronghold of less than 0.5% in job vacancies that require languages.

Regional languages

In relation to the requirement for regional languages in job vacancies, the Infoempleo report points out the Basque Country and Catalonia as the regions that value local languages skills the most, with 28.8% and 13.2% respectively.

Furthermore, the report shows that Galicia and Valencia have very similar requirements for their regional languages. Galician and Valencian language requirements are present in approximately 10% of job vacancies for each language.

But for cowards like Savater is way easier to go against anything that may affect the Basque Country.

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1 comment:

  1. Concerning the campaign to save endangered and dying languages, you may be interested in the contribution, made by the World Esperanto Association, to UNESCO's campaign.

    The commitment was made, by the World Esperanto Association at the United Nations' Geneva HQ in September.

    If you have time please see Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva.

    The argument for Esperanto can be seen at