Monster Canada

November 23, 2011 09:00 ET

You Don't Need to Be Bilingual in Quebec to Make It to the Top, Says Monster-Ipsos Poll

Fluency in French, With Only "A Little English," Will Do Just Fine, Quebec Survey Says

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2011) - Being fluent in Canada's two official languages might sound like a solid foundation for career success today but a new Ipsos-Reid survey reveals that nearly half of Quebec residents view fluency in French - with only "a little" knowledge of English - is sufficient to be successful in that province.

The recent online poll of 813 French and English Quebec residents, conducted by Ipsos-Reid for Monster Canada, asked participants the following question: To have a successful career in Quebec, how important is it to be fluent in both languages, English and French?

Almost half of those polled (47%) believe that being "fluent in French with a little English is sufficient" for career success today in Quebec. The number rose to 53% among those in the 18-34 age group, but dropped to 40% among those 55 and older. Among respondents in the 35-54 age group, 50% agreed that fluency in French with "a little English" is sufficient.

Interestingly enough, fewer than half of the total 813 respondents (41%) agreed that it's "essential to be fluently bilingual" for career success in Quebec today.

"Although the Quebec survey results indicate that a significant number of residents believe French is still the most important language in Quebec for career advancement, being fluently bilingual in our interconnected world today is becoming more of a valued asset in the eyes of employers," said Peter Gilfillan, Monster Canada senior vice-president and general manager. "Your qualifications and skill set are what set you apart from the competition for jobs and advancement and there is no doubt that linguistic skills are very significant to employers today. Mastery of two or more languages, compared to fluency in just one language, can be a powerful advantage to bring to any organization."

Among the 769 French-speaking survey respondents, only 39% said it is "essential to be fluently bilingual" for a successful career in Quebec today, compared to 73% among English-speaking respondents.

By age, just 32% of respondents age 18-34 believe it is "essential to be fluently bilingual," compared to 39% of those age 35-54 and 51% of those in the 55-plus age group.

Among all respondents, 9% said "French only is sufficient," while just 3% agreed that "English with a little French is sufficient." Almost no one (.02%) agreed that "English only is sufficient."

For more insights on the value of language skills in the job market check out the articles titled Canadians! Flaunt Your Fluency (http://career-advice.monster.ca/resumes-cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/flaunt-your-fluency-canada/article.aspx) and Leverage Your Languages to Get the Job (http://career-advice.monster.ca/resumes-cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/leverage-the-languages-i-speak-canada/article.aspx) at Monster.ca.

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