Which employers expect proof of English?

Some of the most respected national and international jobs require a good level of English. Here are a few well-known examples.

IBM

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

IBM is an American technology, computer and IT consulting corporation. It manufactures computer hardware and software, and is a provider of hosting and infrastructure services. IBM is also a major research organisation, holding the record for most patents generated by a business (as of 2017) for 24 consecutive years. The company has 380,000 employees and operations in 177 countries.

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Unilever

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Unilever is a Dutch-British transnational consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and London, United Kingdom. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. Unilever owns over 400 brands, but focuses on 14 brands with sales of over one billion euros: Axe/Lynx, Dove, Omo, Becel/Flora, Heartbrand ice creams, Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Rama, Rexona, Sunsilk and Surf. Unilever is one of the oldest multinational companies; its products are available in around 190 countries.

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Microsoft

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and services. Its best-known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup. MS has worldwide operations and 124,000 employees.

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Johnson & Johnson

Minimum Level Required: Advanced (C1)

Johnson & Johnson is an American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturing company founded in 1886. The corporation includes some 250 subsidiary companies with operations in 60 countries and products sold in over 175 countries. Johnson & Johnson's brands include numerous household names of medications and first aid supplies. Among its well-known consumer products are the Band-Aid brand line of bandages, Tylenol medications, Johnson's baby products, Neutrogena skin and beauty products, Clean & Clear facial wash and Acuvue contact lenses.

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P&G

Minimum Level Required: Intermediate (B1)

Procter & Gamble Co., also known as P&G, is an American multinational consumer goods corporation headquartered in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, founded in 1837. It primarily specialises in a wide range of cleaning agents and personal care and hygiene products.

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UBS

Minimum Level Required: Fluency in English

UBS AG is a Swiss global financial services company, co-headquartered in Zürich and Basel. The company provides wealth management, asset management and investment banking services for private, corporate and institutional clients worldwide, and is generally considered to be a bulge bracket bank.

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KPMG

Minimum Level Required: Intermediate English

KPMG is a professional service company and one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Seated in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, KPMG employs 189,000 people and has three lines of services: financial audit, tax and advisory.

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Embraer

Minimum Level Required: Intermediate English

Embraer SA is a Brazilian aerospace conglomerate that produces commercial, military, executive and agricultural aircraft and provides aeronautical services. It is headquartered in São José dos Campos, São Paulo State.

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Google

Minimum Level Required: Fluency in English

Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specialises in internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software and hardware. As of October 2016, Google operates 70 offices in more than 40 countries. Alexa, a company that monitors commercial web traffic, lists Google.com as the most visited website in the world. Several other Google services also figure in the top 100 most visited websites, including YouTube and Blogger.

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Cisco

Minimum Level Required: Fluency in English

Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, California, that develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment and other high-technology services and products. Through its numerous acquired subsidiaries, such as OpenDNS, WebEx, Jabber and Jasper, Cisco specialises in specific tech markets, such as Internet of Things (IoT), domain security and energy management.

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Deutsche Post AG

Minimum Level Required: Intermediate (B1)

Deutsche Post AG is a leading German postal service provider and international courier service company. It operates through four segments: Post - eCommerce - Parcel, Express, Global Forwarding and Freight, and Supply Chain. The company has over 510,000 employees and provides services in over 220 countries.

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Kroger

Minimum Level Required: Advanced (C1)

Kroger Company is an American food retailing company. It has 443,000 employees, which makes it the third-largest retailer in the world and the second-largest private employer in the United States. As of December 2015, Kroger operates, either directly or through its subsidiaries, 2,778 supermarkets and multi-department stores.

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Sodexo SA

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Sodexo (formerly Sodexho Alliance) is a French food services and facilities management company headquartered in Paris. Sodexo serves many sectors, including private corporations, government agencies, schools from pre-school to university, hospitals and clinics, assisted-living facilities, military bases and correctional facilities. Sodexo is one of the world's largest multinational corporations, with 420,000 employees that represent 130 nationalities and are present on 34,000 sites in 80 countries.

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Randstad Holding NV

Minimum Level Required: Advanced (C1)

Randstad Holding NV is a Dutch multinational human resource consulting firm headquartered in Diemen, Netherlands. Randstad is the world's second-largest HR service provider after Adecco. Randstad employs around 29,000 staff. Globally, Randstad has 4,473 branches in 39 countries.

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Cognizant

Minimum Level Required: Intermediate (B1)

Cognizant is an American multinational corporation that provides information technology, information security, consulting, ITO and BPO services. These include business and technology consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, IT infrastructure services, analytics, business intelligence, data warehousing, customer relationship management, supply chain management, engineering and manufacturing solutions, enterprise resource planning, research and development outsourcing, and testing solutions. Cognizant has 257,000 employees and serves a global clientele.

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Vodafone

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Vodafone Group plc is a British multinational telecommunications company, with headquarters in London and 115,000 employees. It predominantly operates services in the regions of Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania. Vodafone owns and operates networks in 26 countries and has partner networks in over 50 additional countries. Its Vodafone Global Enterprise division provides telecommunications and IT services to corporate clients in 150 countries.

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GlaxoSmith-Kline

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) is a British pharmaceutical company headquartered in Brentford, London. GSK manufactures products for major disease areas such as asthma, cancer, infections, diabetes and mental health. It also has a portfolio of consumer products which include Sensodyne and Aquafresh toothpaste, the malted milk drink Horlicks, Abreva for cold sores, Breathe Right nasal strips, Nicoderm and Nicorette nicotine replacements, and Night Nurse cold remedy. The world's sixth-largest pharmaceutical company as of 2015, the company employs over 99,000 individuals.

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Exxon Mobil

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Exxon Mobil Corporation is an American multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas. With 37 oil refineries in 21 countries constituting a combined daily refining capacity of 6.3 million barrels, Exxon Mobil is the largest refiner in the world. When ranked by oil and gas reserves, it is 14th in the world - with less than 1 per cent of the total. Exxon Mobil has 73,500 employees that are part of its upstream, downstream and chemicals divisions.

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Samsung

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It has 490,000 employees in a variety of products and services, including apparel, chemicals, consumer electronics, electronic components, medical equipment, semiconductors, solid state drives, DRAM, ships, telecommunications equipment, home appliances, advertising, construction, entertainment, financial services, hospitality, information and communications technology, medical and healthcare services, retail and shipbuilding.

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Renault

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Groupe Renault is a French multinational automobile manufacturer established in 1899. It is made up of the namesake Renault marque and subsidiaries Alpine, Automobile Dacia from Romania, Renault Samsung Motors from South Korea and AvtoVAZ from Russia. Groupe Renault's 127,000 employees are involved with a product portfolio that includes automobiles, commercial vehicles, luxury cars and financing. The Groupe is also known for its role in motor sport, particularly rallying, Formula 1 and Formula E.

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Daimler

Minimum Level Required: Advanced (C1)

Daimler AG is a German multinational automotive corporation. Daimler AG is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and has 285,000 employees. The company owns or has shares in a number of car, bus, truck and motorcycle brands, including Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Smart Automobile, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Setra, BharatBenz, Mitsubishi Fuso, MV Agusta, as well as shares in Denza, KAMAZ, Beijing Automotive Group. By unit sales, Daimler is the thirteenth-largest car manufacturer and is the largest truck manufacturer in the world. In addition to automobiles, Daimler manufactures buses and provides financial services through its Daimler Financial Services arm.

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Wells Fargo

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Wells Fargo & Company is an American international banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with 'hubquarters' throughout the country. Along with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup, Wells Fargo is one of the 'Big Four Banks' of the United States. The company operates across 35 countries and has over 70 million customers globally.

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McKinsey & Company

Minimum Level Required: Advanced (C1)

McKinsey & Company is a provider of management consultancy to businesses, governments and non-governmental organisations. It offers qualitative and quantitative analysis in areas of business technology, marketing and sales, corporate finance, operations, risk, strategy, and sustainability.

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Cargill India

Minimum Level Required: Advanced (C1)

Cargill India is a subsidiary of Cargill - a provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services. The part of the company focused on produces refined vegetable oils, fats, and blends; high quality food ingredients including cocoa powder, starch, emulsifiers, liquid glucose, and low-to zero-calorie sweeteners for food manufacturers and the food service industry. Cargill is also involved in agricultural commodities business.

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Tech Mahindra

Minimum Level Required: Advanced (C1)

Tech Mahindra is an Indian multinational company that develops and provides computer software, networking technology solutions and business process outsourcing to the telecommunications industry. The tech company is valued at US$4.5 billion and has over 115,900 employees across 90 countries. Tech Mahindra, a part of the Mahindra Group, is amongst the 2016 Fab 50 companies in Asia published by Forbes.

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Accenture India

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Accenture India is a global management consultant business that provides digital, technology, operations and business process outsourcing services. The company operates in more than 200 cities in 120 countries employing 425,000 people worlwide. Accenture has business units based on various operating groups including Communications, Media & Technology, Financial Services, Health & Public Service and Products and Resources.

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Aditya Birla Group

Minimum Level Required: Beginner (A1)

Aditya Birla Group is a global manufacturing conglomerate which has over 120,000 employees across 40 countries. It has a presence in countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, China, Egypt, and Canada. The company manufactures a wide variety of products including viscose staple fibre, metals, cement (largest in India), viscose filament yarn, branded apparel, chemicals and fertilisers. In addition, it has subsidiaries in sectors including life insurance, telecoms, business process outsourcing (BPO), IT services, asset management and financial services.

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Bharti Airtel Limited

Minimum Level Required: Upper Intermediate (B2)

Bharti Airtel is an Indian multinational telecommunications company, with headquarters in Delhi and 115,000 employees. The company offers personal and business plans, including prepaid and postpaid services and mobile enterprise products. It operates in over 18 countries and has 120,000 employees worldwide. Airtel is the largest network operator in India and the third largest in the world with 400 million subscribers.

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