Foreign language talent

Foreign language talent

London has a thriving international community, so it’s no surprise that you can find a wide range of languages spoken in its talent pool. There are plenty of resources to help you access these foreign language skills should your business require them in its London offices.

Specific language recruitment

If you’re looking for bilingual talent with knowledge of a specific language, the country’s Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain is often a good place to start, such as the French Chamber of Great Britain or the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce. These organisations have strong links with businesses and people with bilingual language capabilities.

There are also independent recruitment agencies in London that focus on particular markets, such as People First , which has dedicated divisions for Chinese and Japanese speakers.

Multilingual recruitment agencies

There’s a huge selection of recruitment organisations in London departments that work with international candidates covering just about any language skills you may need. Here is a selection of the many agencies that could support your business.

Centre People
Recruits across all business roles and specialises and has teams specialising in European, Chinese and Japanese language roles.

Origin Multilingual
Helps employers hire candidates that speak a minimum of two languages with nine offices in the UK and Ireland, including London, as well as 14 other offices across Europe and the US.

Language Matters
Offers bilingual candidates for temporary, contract and permanent positions across London and the rest of the UK.

Language Recruitment Services
Language Recruitment Services Limited (LRS) has more than 30 years of experience in recruiting multilingual talent across all sectors.

Euro London
The largest independent language recruitment consultancy in Europe, Euro London finds talent in several sectors including banking, finance, IT, engineering and marketing.

The Language Business
A multilingual recruitment specialist with extensive knowledge of several sectors and a great reputation among bilingual candidates.

Top Language Jobs
Top Language Jobs specialises in German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Swedish language roles.

Multilingual Vacancies
Particularly strong in helping fill European language vacancies, Multilingual Vacancies works with diverse brands and offers various options for recruiting the right talent.

Other useful resources

From expat community forums to London universities, there are several other avenues worth exploring. Don’t forget to check well-known sites such as Indeed and LinkedIn by entering a relevant search term, such as “Mandarin speaking”.

Workwide Group
Recruit through the Workwide Group, which has five dedicated websites for attracting German, Swedish, Dutch, French and Danish speakers.

Attract top alumni from the business school by working with the INSEAD Career Development Centre. The specialist team can help you access global talent.

ICI Londres
Find French linguists by posting job openings in this independent monthly magazine for French expats in London.

Français à Londres
Utilise the employment listings in this French guide to London, which provides information on housing, transport and education services.

University student unions
These often have a host of useful contacts and resources, such as the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Imperial College and LSE.

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