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When we came across this story at Euro London, we couldn’t help but read on. A British student winning the French X Factor?! It sounds absurd, but Matthew Raymond-Barker touched the European nation’s hearts with his renditions of pop classics in the native language. Although admitting being less than perfect at the language when he arrived in the country, with the X Factor winner’s crown at stake Matthew quickly found his fluency with French.  

The story is a perfect example of how language learning can open up opportunities that you may never have dreamt possible. Ok, this is a rather exceptional example but nonetheless illustrates that you do not need to let language be a barrier to your ambitions.

Learning a language may just be the X Factor you need to find your dream job!


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Bad spelling – the cause of feverish frustration for some and immense hilarity for others. Whether it be on posters or menus, food labels or road signs; spelling mistakes can be found everywhere – just take a look at these examples found throughout the UK.

However, in a recent BBC article it was the impact of misspelling on internet businesses that took the focus. Charles Duncombe, the online entrepreneur, found that dodgy spelling had the power to reduce online sales by a massive 50% – wiping out both website credibility and customer trust.

With the need for international businesses to reach out to a global audience, a multilingual online presence has become increasingly necessary. This is in line with research that shows consumers spend more time on websites that are in their own native language.

However with the introduction of multilingual websites, the scope for mistranslation has also soared – pathing the way for inaccurate accents and grammatical gaffes. A rather amusing example highlighted in a recent article, saw Braniff Airlines offering Spanish customers the chance to ‘fly naked’ with their airline rather than on their leather seats!

In light of research conducted into the impact of misspelling on website sales, it is therefore more important than ever to recruit individuals that have an accurate grasp of the relevant foreign language to provide good quality translation. It again reinforces why languages are such a valuable commodity within a global business and why Euro London’s clients are constantly seeking multilingual candidates.

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Bilingual Officers

The future of policing?

Ever had your purse pinched? Well fear not, the police’s latest weapon in the fight against crime is here: the bilingual officer. The recruitment of overseas officers is a police initiative set up to crack down on foreign gangs, many of whom target the Westfield shopping centre.

French-speaking officers have been used in an undercover operation to infiltrate an Algerian gang. Although this may read like a James Bond script, the use of bilingual policemen has led to the arrest of ten individuals responsible for theft.

Inspector Dan Stobbart claims that such measures are necessary to tackle the growing number of foreign gangs in the area, especially at a time when the police are experiencing Government cuts. 

Only time will tell whether this is an effective and sustainable approach to policing gangs, however, in the mean time foreign criminals better watch out for those who may be listening in…

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Why are more British companies not prioritising language learning for their staff? Read my thoughts on the importance of language skills in the workplace here on Changeboard.

As always, please share your thoughts!

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Graduate advice

Steve Shacklock gives graduates advice on what to do if they’ve had a period of unemployment:


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 Despite the almost daily diet of employment doom and gloom dished up by the media, the phenomenal recent growth in the online gaming and betting sector means that, unlike most other sectors of employment, there is still very much a war for talent and nowhere is this more evident than in the online affiliate marketing arena .

 The regulatory framework is changing and with more and more countries having legalised online gambling – and the number of internet users around the world continuing to grow, the sector has an ever expanding global customer base. Only recently Italy for example reported that online gambling revenues between January and April had increased by over 10% when compared with the same period last year.

A quick look at the Sunday Times Rich List gives a good indication of just how successful this sector is – even in a downturn Founders of Party Poker, husband and wife team Ruth Parasol and Russ De Leon, for example, are worth something around £700 Million while another husband and wife team, this time Peter and Denise Coates – the owners of Bet 365 have a mere £400 Million – up £100 million from the previous year.

With such explosive global growth, and the subsequent drive to secure growing market and revenue share, there has been a real surge in demand for affiliate marketing specialists who not only have the ability to manage an organisation’s affiliate programme, but who are also fluent in more than one language.  Affiliate programmes are absolutely key to online gaming and betting organisations as they help each other to build revenue and profits but a programme is not enough without a team to manage the expectations and outcomes of what could be a very disparate and diverse group of people and organisations.

These are roles with very specific skill sets.  Not only will affiliate managers need to report on channel activity but they also need to be constantly prospecting and closing new partnerships. The sector may be growing but it is also fiercely competitive and the affiliate marketing programme is absolutely key to business growth.  Additionally, we are not just talking about a domestic market.  The globalisation of the sector means that gaming organisations are spreading their focus far more internationally. Cross border marketing campaigns need cross border affiliate programmes and so these specialists need not only advanced foreign language skills but also an appreciation of different business cultures. 

We are handling an increasing number of vacancies in the iGaming sector – and I’d say the requirement has increased at least five fold since this time last year.  Most of the roles are London based with some in major gaming hubs such as Malta and Gibraltar and the main languages in demand tend to be Italian, French, Spanish, Hungarian and Flemish. Dutch is also in high demand but is notoriously difficult to source.

Multilingualvacancies.com, Euro London’s job board partner has also seen a significant increase in the iGaming sector. “We have been approached by more and more advertisers who are now specialising in the iGaming sector,” states Associate Director Miranda Reid “and have found that where previously; the concentration was in the localisation/QA tester areas, we are now advertising a wider range of roles such as customer service reps, community managers and so on.”

Increasingly, clients are looking for an eclectic mix of skills which will include at least two languages (one of which will usually be English as many of the roles are London based).  Additionally candidates will typically need to be steeped in online marketing knowledge and have a good working knowledge of the gaming and betting sector – whether that be poker; sports or other casino products. They will also need affiliate marketing knowledge and the skills to not only manage existing programmes but also to develop new ones and measure the success of each. Not stopping there they will also probably need experience of specific internet software products such as Dreamweaver. 

However, these people are not easy to find.  First, the experience needed is often so specific that the only way to source the talent required is to target ‘passive candidates’ i.e. those who may not necessarily be looking for a move – but who may consider moving should the opportunity arise. Consequently it’s important for employers to remember that they are ‘selling’ as well as ‘buying’ as often the best candidates will need to be tempted. Salary levels, because of the shortage of good people are obviously bucking the economic trend.  Affiliate marketers with 1-2 years experience could be looking at £30K + while more senior candidates can command up to £50K.  However, it is important to appreciate that money isn’t the only motivator and it is worth employers partnering with a recruiter who knows both the industry – and the candidates.  This way the employer can be briefed on what it is that will really motivate the candidate, ‘press the right buttons’ and tempt someone to join.      

Secondly, in the UK, a mix of marketing, online expertise and language ability is very difficult to achieve – and that may mean casting the net outside domestic borders – or targeting foreign nationals in the UK.  It’s a sad but true fact that there is a dearth of UK nationals who speak a foreign language fluently, and certainly less than foreign nationals who speak English fluently mainly because UK nationals tend only to speak another language if they have chosen to study it.  But if you take a landlocked country like Luxembourg for example, you will find individuals who will speak three or four languages including English – it’s just part of their culture.

With the betting and online gaming sector continuing to evolve and the regulatory framework opening up the sector to more countries all the time, we are likely to see even further international growth. Sourcing the best multilingual marketing talent is consequently likely to be the key differentiator in terms of securing future competitive advantage in this multi billion pound sector.

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