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What is the highest paid foreign language in India?

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In a country as culturally diverse as India, it pays to be multilingual.

A recent study by Adzuna has reviewed over 2.5 lakh job postings to reveal which languages will help you land a higher paying role.

Chinese is the highest paid language

Of the 10 languages analysed, Chinese speakers are the highest paid, earning 11,89,234 per annum on average in December 2018 – more than double the average yearly salary in India during that period.

The demand for Chinese speakers is also growing rapidly, with an almost 80% increase in job ads requesting fluency in the language from January to December last year.

Nevertheless, speakers of the most widely spoken language in the world face a highly competitive job market. With only 587 job vacancies listed in December, linguists will need to demonstrate strong proficiency in order to secure the best paid roles.

English is the highest in demand (but European languages are the most profitable)

As the modern lingua franca, it perhaps comes as no surprise that fluent English speakers are in the highest demand.

Jobs for bilingual English speakers boasted 25,570 vacancies in December, and applicants could expect to earn a salary 11% higher than the average national income during that time.

With its prevalent use in government, higher education, interstate communication and international business – English remains a safe bet.

For job seekers hoping for a higher salary and a greater amount of job opportunities, European languages are promising.

French, Spanish and German all feature in the top five highest paying languages, and the top five highest in demand languages, offering average yearly salaries of 9,83,769, 9,80,379 and 9,51,375 respectively in December 2018.

Bilingual teachers can expect to earn the most, as teaching is the highest paying sector for the French, Spanish and German languages.

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Local languages see biggest growth in demand, but suffer the lowest wages

Punjabi speakers saw the biggest growth in demand from employers, with job openings skyrocketing by 264% from January to December last year.

Three crore people in India speak Punjabi as their mother tongue, and jobs requiring the language are not fetching a high salary, with an average yearly income that was half December’s national average.

Punjabi wasn’t the only local language group to see triple figure growth, as Bengali speakers also saw a 169% increase from January to December in the number of roles available to them.

While demand grows, yearly salaries for the second most spoken language in India were a staggering 60% lower than the national average in December 2018.

The best paid roles requesting Bengali speakers are in the manufacturing and sales sectors, while the most well-paid roles for Punjabi speakers can be found in IT.

Snapshot of yearly salaries for languages in December 2018

Language

Number of positions available

Average salary per annum

Average salary for language x average salary in India

Arabic

216

₹5,19,707

-4.37%

Bengali

445

₹2,05,013

-62.27%

Chinese

587

₹11,89,234

118.84%

Dutch

148

₹5,20,000

-4.31%

English

25570

₹6,06,988

11.70%

French

1364

₹9,83,769

81.03%

German

1392

₹9,51,375

75.07%

Japanese

283

₹5,37,088

-1.17%

Punjabi

317

₹2,66,505

-50.96%

Spanish

1150

₹9,80,379

80.40%