Is There a Shortage of Multilingual Workers?

Businesses seek employees who speak multiple languages, but there’s a skills gap in the U.S. workforce.

THE GLOBALIZATION OF BUSINESS has led to a greater need for employees who can speak multiple languages. But a new report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has highlighted foreign language skills gaps in the U.S. workforce:

Nine out of ten U.S. employers report a reliance on employees with language skills.

Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. employers acknowledge losing a business opportunity over the lack of employees with foreign language skills.

56% of employers believe their demand for multilingual talent will increase in the next five years.

Spanish, Chinese and Japanese are the languages in highest demand among U.S. employers, but employers report a shortage of workers who are fluent in these languages.

Read “Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers.”