Discrimination against Personnel with Limited English Proficiency

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Mariia V. Rubtcova

Oleg V. Pavenkov

Vladimir Pavenkov

February 14, 2016

Work, Employment and Society Conference. Leeds, University Business School, University of Leeds. 06-08 September 2016

Modern personnel faced with numerous challenges. Among them, English proficiency requirement is one of the tools for promoting globalism and multinational companies. The study was aimed to identify whether a knowledge of English a new driver of discrimination in Russia. Sampling conducted using a snowball technique. In our study, we conducted in-depth interviews with 12 employees from St. Petersburg (Russia), who were sure that they have lost a job due to lack of English proficiency. 5 informants were professors who were forced to teach and to write articles in English instead of Russian, 4 of them are working in positions related to the management teaching. The rest of the informants were from the areas of IT, hospitality, and secretaries – assistant. The informants argued that the fluent English were demanded suddenly. They were able to independently learn the language at the level A2-B1. There were no training courses or assistance from the employer. The informants were forced to take the test (IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT), to which they are preparing for the big money. However, they were not successful on the exam and could not keep a job. This case shows that English has become one of the discriminating factors in Russia. Due to the small sample, the study is preliminary and can be used for further formulation of hypotheses. Recommendations: Preferred prohibition on the sudden introduction of language requirements. Learning a new language should be paid employers. Employees need to provide free courses



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