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‘I never use my second language at work’: Poll

Six out of ten Spaniards never actually get to try out the languages they are supposed to need in their job, a new study shows.

'I never use my second language at work': Poll
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A total of 63.3 percent of people polled by HR firm Adecco Professional said they never even used the languages they had been told they would need in their job.
 
Meanwhile, 37 percent said they did use those languages — but almost a third of people in this group (14 percent) said they did so only occasionally.
 
But the Adecco study also revealed languages continued to play a key role in finding work in Spain.
 
Some 53.7 percent of people surveyed said they had been told they need a second language — apart from Spanish — at their last job interview.
 
Meanwhile 25 percent of those people said they two foreign languages had been required.
 
English remains the most in demand language with 63 percent of employers wanting candidates to speak the language.
 
French came in a distant second with 11.3 percent of employers requiring it, while the figure for German was 10.7 percent.     
 
A total of 8.7 percent of employers wanted candidates to speak Catalan as a second language.

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Spain’s unemployment rate falls by 615,000 to lowest level since 2008

Unemployment dropped sharply in Spain in 2021, falling almost three percentage points to a rate not seen since before the pandemic and the 2008 financial crisis, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Thursday.

A jobseeker's office in Madrid in pre-pandemic times.
People queue outside a jobseeker's office in Madrid in pre-pandemic times. Photo: SEBASTIEN BERDA/AFP

The rate fell to 13.3 percent at the end of December, down from 16.13 percent a year earlier, with a total of 3.1 million people registered as unemployed in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. At the end of 2020, that figure stood at nearly 3.7 million.

Overall, Spain’s unemployment rate fell by 615,900 over the course of 2021, with 20.18 million people in work and 840,700 new jobs created, the highest figure since 2005.

The latest jobless rate is slightly lower than that recorded before the Covid crisis took hold.

Some 3.19 million people were out of work in December 2019, or 13.8 percent of the workforce.

The latest figure does not, however, include people registered as partially unemployed under a furlough scheme introduced to help companies during the pandemic.

As of last month, 102,000 people were still registered on the scheme, the social security ministry said.

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The figures “confirm the extraordinary recovery in the Spanish jobs market since the pandemic”, Economy Minister Nadia Calviño told public radio RNE.

“The unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2008,” tweeted Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, referring to the global financial crisis of that year.

The INE said job rates were up across the board, with tourism-dependent Spain’s services sector proving particularly buoyant.

The upbeat results came despite an economic recovery that has been less robust than expected, due to the continuation of Covid restrictions and global supply shortages.

Spain was one of the western economies worst affected by the Covid crisis.

GDP plummeted by 10.8 percent in 2020 and half a million people lost their jobs, many of them in tourism and the hotel sector.

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