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Languages, Information and Culture

Future Trends


Cultural heritage

  • Currently there is a rising interest in museums, historic homes, castles and other heritage sites and this is predicted to continue – although if the current system of free admissions is changed in the near future because of Government cutbacks and the loss of subsidies this may put pressure on visitor numbers and vacancies in the sector.
  • The volunteer workforce is also significant in this sector and this may grow in the future if there are major financial cutbacks.


  • The main employers of information staff – especially library and archive staff – are local authorities.  With cuts in Local Authority budgets hitting libraries it is likely that paid jobs in this area will become harder to come by. According to the Bookseller website, in 2010 the percentage of paid library staff dropped by around 4% to 23,700 while the number of volunteers rose by over 22% to more than 21,000.

  • Declining library usage is also likely to lead to further cuts and fewer jobs


  • For any language jobs it is important to look at the sort of languages that are in demand and are growing to make sure that the language you are studying is the best for future prospects.

  • It may also help to look at the size of the populations or numbers of countries that speak a language you are thinking about studying as this may affect your chances of using the language in a job.  

  • In a recent skills survey, it was revealed that amongst employers specifically looking for employees with language skills, French and German remain the most sought after languages.

  • According to recent studies, more than one third of UK firms are interested in people who can speak Cantonese or Mandarin, in order to build business links with China.

  • Portuguese is increasingly cited by employers looking to employ people with language skills, as Brazil is growing in importance economically. 


Read more about this job sector, including the skills that might be needed in the future, on the National Guidance Research Forum site