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Old 08.02.2011, 21:40
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Is there a move towards less positions where just English is okay?

How do people that are in the job market feel about it at the moment from a language point of view. Early last year quite a number of folks told me that they felt it was okay to move to the German part of Switzerland to look for roles in IT without needing to speak or write German. Over the last month however I have noted fewer jobs that fill those criteria than mid last year. Is it just me?
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Old 08.02.2011, 22:03
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How do people that are in the job market feel about it at the moment from a language point of view. Early last year quite a number of folks told me that they felt it was okay to move to the German part of Switzerland to look for roles in IT without needing to speak or write German. Over the last month however I have noted fewer jobs that fill those criteria than mid last year. Is it just me?

not just you. a couple of years ago at our place every IT job only required english, now every single job is only advertised in german and german is a requirement, no idea why as the business language is still english.
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Re: Is there a move towards less positions where just English is okay?

I would encourage you to apply anyway, especially if its a multi national company (and if the job is otherwise right for you).

The line managers dont get to approve the ads necessarily, and HR has taken a big hit in staff during the crisis, so maybe they are no longer able to run the ads in English. Try and get through to the line manager and ask him if it matters. Can't hurt.

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I would encourage you to apply anyway, especially if its a multi national company (and if the job is otherwise right for you).
Thank you, a most useful peice of advice. You made my day.
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Re: Is there a move towards less positions where just English is okay?

absolutely agree here, companies like UBS have many foreigners at MD, ED levels and your English won't be a disadvantage. A local language, to any reasonable quality, helps a lot.

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IThe line managers dont get to approve the ads necessarily, and HR has taken a big hit in staff during the crisis, so maybe they are no longer able to run the ads in English.
The ads will be put in the language that fits their target group.

Many companies will either advertise in English for jobs that require strong English skills and then advertise in the local language for the jobs that do not require English and/or the company only wants people already in the area (no extra work with permits).

I think it is rarer to see bi-lingual want ads than a few years earlier.
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I think it is rarer to see bi-lingual want ads than a few years earlier.
Over the last year or two, there have been many more applicants than jobs in many cases. Therefore, many employers tighten their criteria (such as by only allowing fluent German-speaking applicants) to give them fewer CVs to sort through. No point in "settling" for someone who can only speak English if they can find someone just as qualified who is also fluent in German.

I expect it's cyclical - probably goes up and down in waves related to how well the economy is doing.
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total O/T but whenever I see you avatar Corbets I always think of street hawk
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Here in Romandie regular job adds are placed in German- and it doesn't half get the hackles up. But yes, the market is tightening and so are the criteria- so learning a language is certainly a plus, and could be increasingly so.
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so learning a language is certainly a plus, and could be increasingly so.
I am definitly going to learn the language as it is my intention to settle in the country but the issue is that having come here on my own bat, my resources are now running out and I am going to have to make a decision about working somewhere else before I can learn the language to a useful level.
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