London languages

Nuggets – bite size chunks of London


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.