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Language Classes Not So Essential for Global Employees

Language classes is one of the aspects of relocation support that foreign assignees and international hires find least needed when compared to the other types of relocation support provided by their employer (intercultural training, additional spouse support, access to networking, access to socializing opportunities, membership in an expat organization, information on local life, move organized by employer or service provider, and lump-sum payment for expatriation-related expenses). This is one of the findings from the Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition

For foreign assignees and international hires, 32% and 31% respectively said that they did not receive language classes as part of their relocation support, and they did not need it. While these findings indicate that language classes are not as essential as other aspects of relocation support, there are still considerable percentages of respondents who said that they did not receive this type of support from their employer, although they would have liked to.

A total of 37% of foreign assignees received language classes from their employer, and a further 31% indicated a desire for such support although it was not offered. Of the foreign assignees who received access to language classes, 58% found this support useful.

In comparison, only 27% of international hires received access to language classes as part of their relocation package, and a much larger number (42%) indicated that they did not, although they would have liked it. Of those who did receive this type of support, 53% found it useful.

While these findings could suggest that language classes are not so essential for global employees, this could be an aspect of relocation support that employers can decide to provide on a case-by-case basis — depending on the individual needs of the employee, their language competencies, and the language spoken in the region they are working. 


Read the Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition: Expat Insider is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive surveys on life abroad (18,135 expats from across the globe took part in the 2018 survey — of the respondents, 19% were international hires and 10% were foreign assignees).
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