London languages

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Main languages spoken by London’s workers

 

Nomis – the Office for National Statistics’ labour market statistics service – has classified the workplace population in England and Wales by main language (or at least by what respondents said was their main language).

According to the report, the minor languages spoken by London’s workers include British Sign Language (952 speakers), Welsh (934), Yiddish (522), Caribbean Creole (86), Cornish (15, allegedly) and Manx Gaelic (1).

The table below shows the top 20 workplace languages in London:

 

LanguageNumber of speakers
English3,622,611
Polish105,683
French50,158
Gujarati47,892
Spanish44,307
Portuguese41,689
Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya)35,678
Tamil33,135
Italian32,420
Urdu29,652
Panjabi29,272
Romanian26,658
Turkish24,569
Lithuanian24,223
Arabic24,138
Chinese (all dialects)23,989
German20,980
Tagalog/​Filipino18,329
Bulgarian16,862
Russian16,190

The estimates above are as at census day, 27 March 2011, and include all usual residents aged 16 to 74 in employment in London in the week before the census. The dataset was last updated by Nomis on 23 May 2014.

See also Hidden London’s page on London demographics.