Certified Language Skills: A Pathway to Foreign Language Incentive Pay (FLIP)
Ever wonder if your proficiency in a language other than English could increase your income potential? The answer is absolutely, 100%, YES! A recent report by ACTFL, entitled “Making Language Our Business,” unveiled that the demand for foreign language skills is greater than ever before for U.S. employers. Whether it is in the boardroom, in the field, with customers and partners, or on social media, companies today are increasingly more likely to conduct business in a language other than English.
However, one of every three U.S. employers reports a foreign language skills gap when asked if their employees are able to meet their multilingual needs. In addition, nearly 25% of employers acknowledge losing or being unable to pursue a business opportunity due to shortcomings in language skills. That’s where your multilingual skills can come in handy, and companies are willing to pay an extra premium to put your language proficiency to work for their benefit.
Employer compensation salary incentives that recognize and compensate multilingual workers for their language skills are called Foreign Language Incentive Pay (FLIP) programs. FLIP can be disbursed as a one-time bonus or paid in the form of a higher salary. To get an idea of how organizations may compensate their employees, you can check out the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) FLIP program and the foreign language proficiency bonus established for U.S. military members.
According to the above ACTFL study, the industries that rely the most on a multilingual workforce are Hospitality & Travel, Healthcare & Social Assistance, Educational Services, Trade, Construction, Professional & Technical Services, and Manufacturing. The following is a list of the top languages needed and the percentage of U.S. employers who rely on them most:
Language proficiency is a valuable asset that employees can bring to the workplace, and employers are willing to pay for it. With Language Testing International (LTI), you can certify your language skills, helping you boost your marketability and thrive in an increasingly global economy. Assessments for speaking, writing, listening, and/or reading, each about a half-hour in length, can be taken from the convenience of a computer or laptop at home or at work. Once you take your language test and receive your certification, which includes your level of language proficiency, you can share your credentials with your employer, ask to participate in their FLIP program, and add it to your professional profile or resume.
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Lisa March is a bilingual Marketing and Sales Executive. She works closely with LTI on strategic partnerships, business development and marketing. Her efforts help LTI scale the use and implementation of language assessments in schools, institutions, corporations and government agencies.