Empower your workforce with the Global Scale of English

85% of employees say English is important for work, with 2 in 3 using it at least every week.* Fast-track their skills and confidence to supercharge productivity and collaboration now.

Drive business growth with the GSE

The essential tool to boost employees’ skills and confidence using English, Pearson’s Global Scale of English (GSE) results from extensive global research. The simple, standardized scale enables organizations to pinpoint their workforces’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills precisely and accurately.

Do your employees have the language skills and confidence your business needs?

54% of employees say their education did not give them the necessary levels of English to succeed at work. Now, they're looking to their employer for support. 

  • 9 in 10 want their employer to provide language training, only one third do
  • 72% of employees say better English skills would make their jobs easier
  • Only 10% of those with limited English feel they can express themselves at work

Find out more about the impact English could have on your workforce and business, and how the Global Scale of English (GSE) can fast-track proficiency in our ground-breaking research report.

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How can the GSE benefit your business?

Recruit with confidence

Set benchmarks for specific roles and get trusted data on candidates' language skills.

Develop skills effectively

Get unparalleled insights into employees’ language skills to put them on the fast track to success.

Retain top talent

Support professional development with highly personalized learning pathways.

Tailored language learning for workplace success

Only a quarter of employees feel confident using all four language skills at work, and they're turning to their employer to help change that.

The GSE is the only language learning framework with dedicated learning objectives for business English. Plus, these are freely available for employers to build into their L&D programs and build the language skills employees really need.

Download the GSE for Professional English

Showcase skills with Credly

Help your team share their skills with Credly badges featuring their GSE level.

Awarded for passing certifications such as Versant by Pearson English Certificate, Credly badges can be added to individuals’ CVs, email signatures and social media profiles, such as LinkedIn.

Learn more about Credly

Pearson Language Solutions for Work

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Whether you want to recruit more effectively, support employees' self-paced skills development or provide instructor-led skills development, we can help. All of our professional learning and assessment solutions are mapped to the GSE, so you can fast-track your employees' progress in the best way for your business.

Learn more about how the GSE can support your business

Bridge the skills gap. Build their confidence. Empower your employees and drive your organization forward. Talk to us to find out how.

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*Survey of 5,000 speakers of English as a second or additional language from across the globe, conducted by PSB Insights and Pearson, October 2023. For full details, check out the Research Overview in the global report.