The Philippines scored highest among 76 countries in a survey on the use of English in the workplace conducted recently by GlobalEnglish Corporation.
The survey results announced early last month showed the country ranking first with 7.0 points in the annual Business English Index (BEI), the measure of global workers’ business English proficiency. Norway followed with 6.54; Estonia, 6.45; Serbia, 6.38; and Slovenia, 6.19, in the top five, with 108,000 examinees around the world.
An official of GlobalEnglish said that English skills should be seen as a strategic imperative for multinational businesses.
“Poor business English skills are bad for global businesses and this year’s business English Index suggests that many companies will be hard-pressed to achieve their desired performance goals during 2012,” said Tom Kahl, GlobalEnglish president.
The report also showed that changes in global talent have put even English-speaking countries at risk, citing the BEI score for global workers in the US declining from 6.9 last year to 5.09 this year.
GlobalEnglish Corporation is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, and has offices in various countries, which aims to support global business performance through effective business English communication.
Report from Philippine Information Agency