BREXIT has led to a boost in demand for private language classes, with an increasing number of Britons seeking to learn another language as Britain prepares to forge new trading relationship around the world.
Brexit has created profitable opportunities for language tutors, who saw their number of customers spiking in the last two years.
As UK negotiators are working relentlessly with Brussels to strike a deal before March 29 2019, the day Britain will officially leave the European Union, Britons are brushing up on their language skills to be ready to compete on global markets.
Tutoring requests have grown even since the EU referendum in 2016, according to online local services marketplace Bidvine.com.
The company, which compares the costs and qualifications of professionals for potential customers, believes the growth is due to the new market opportunities in the horizon and the curb in immigration that will follow the UK withdrawing from the EU.
The platform has noticed requests of language tutors increase by 10 percent on days when Brexit is trending in the news.
On June 24 2016, the day after the EU referendum, the platform noticed the biggest spike in demand, with requests “rising by an unprecedented 112 percent”.
Sohrab Jahanbani, founder and CEO of Bidvine.com, said: “With the UK about to begin forging new trading relationships around the world – while at the same time reducing net immigration – language competence will become an increasingly valued skill.”
A study by Cardiff University estimated Britain loses as much as £48bn every year because of Briton’s low language skills, with only a third of British people able to hold a conversation in another language.