average score is

Today, there are over 2 billion English speakers in the world

And the ever-increasing ease of global communication means that they are speaking to each other, all the time.

This is especially significant
when it comes to business.

Why your company needs to care about English

A recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that


of businesses believe that language differences constrain their international expansion plans

- BUT -


rate their colleagues’ ability to communicate internationally as average or below average

Why does it matter?

Because executives state that enhanced international communication skills improve:





Market Share


68% of executives believe that English is
the most important language to execute international expansion plans.

So... does your company speak English?

If you want to succeed in today’s business climate, where your clients, suppliers, developers and CEO may all be in different countries, it needs to.

What’s the state of the world’s corporate English?

See where you rank

The average English score for , industry and company size is:

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Click here to interpret the EF EPIc English score as concrete language skills

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