Speaking English is in demand on the French job market. Within the past year, 14 percent of all job ads required candidates to speak English “correctly.” According to a study by Joblift (a jobs’ search engine), 26 percent of all jobs in the marketing sector in France included this requirement.
The number of jobs open to non-speakers of French increased by 8 percent over the last year. Those jobs were sales and account management positions. Thousand jobs out of a million did not ask for French skills.
After French and English, German was the most sought-after language by recruiters. German was twice as popular among companies as Spanish, and ten times more desired than Chinese.
The numbers show that high school students in France may be making poor choices: only 15 percent currently selected German as their second foreign language. Thirty-four percent chose Spanish. French trade with Germany amounted to €170 billion in 2015; the trade with Spain was €63 billion.
The job market for French speakers in the UK remains unchanged, with a third of the 5,000 British jobs located in London. Demand for French speakers was lower in Germany, with half of the only 800 vacancies for French speakers in Berlin. For two out of three of those jobs, German language skills were not required.