The Heightened Urgency for Business English in an Increasingly Global Workforce (2013 BEI Report)

A look at the 2013 Business English Index & Globalization of English Research

Two recent groundbreaking studies—the 2013 Business English Index (BEI) and the Globalization of English (GOE) report—confirm the primacy of Business English as the de facto language of business.

With a growing number of companies operating in as many as 20 countries with different native tongues, the majority of the world’s business conversations now take place between non-native English speakers—in English. This standardization of English as the de facto language of businesshas opened up incredible opportunities, but most businesses face a huge skills gap.

The BEI allows corporate leaders to benchmark their workforce’s skills against peers and competitors, and it can help multinational companies understand Business English competency across geographies and sectors. The 2013 BEIGlobalEnglish’s third annual release of the index, is the result of a December 2012 analysis of the Business English proficiency levels of more than 212,000 GlobalEnglish subscribers from around the world. Countries with sample sizes smaller than 50 non-native English speakers were excluded from the total, resulting in an index based on 137,000 global respondents.

As the only index focused on measuring Business English proficiency, the GlobalEnglish GOE reportqualifies the situation: Based on a survey of 24,000 global knowledge workers from more than 90 countries, there continues to be a nearly universal belief among the global workforce that Business English proficiency is crucial for job performance and career advancement, yet a significant majority believe their skills are not sufficient to meet the current or future demands of their career.