A total of
60.3% of managers of CECOT companies believed that knowledge of Catalan should taken into
consideration on staff recruitment procedures, whereas 38.8% stated that this criteria was
not taken into account during these types of procedure. Although 35% of companies
considered knowledge of Catalan to be a requirement for recruitment candidates, 25.3%
believed that knowledge of this language was advantageous, but not decisive.
The level of
Catalan knowledge required by companies for staff recruitment varies considerably from
sector to sector: industry does not deem Catalan to be necessary, the services sector
regards Catalan knowledge as a merit and commerce sees it as essential. For managers aged
under thirty-five, the level of a candidate's Catalan determines whether their success in
staff recruitment procedures.
4. Attitudes and Evaluation of the Use of Catalan
4.1. Progress and evaluation of the use of Catalan
analysis of the current level of Catalan use in CECOT companies, we will move on to study
the progress of this use over recent years and its evaluation and future perspectives.
Progress in the use of Catalan
In the majority of companies that we surveyed the level of Catalan use (60.3%) has not
changed over the last four years or so. The level in construction, industry and commerce
has been maintained, but the services sector has seen the most significant rise in Catalan
use. The reasons for maintained level of use in the majority of companies is due to a lack
of changes in the company. Therefore, the habitual language of employees and clients is
the same as it was four years ago (this is sometimes Spanish and others, Catalan).
the managers whom we interviewed, use of Catalan has increased in 28.8% of companies over
recent years. The reasons for this increase are largely connected to an increase in
Catalan knowledge of society as a whole. Managers also acknowledge that people have
gradually become aware of the need to use this language, sustained in part by the offer
and facilities for Catalan learning.
Evaluation of the use of Catalan
Over half of the CECOT companies surveyed (52.2%) had a high use of Catalan, with an
average evaluation of 7.0. This is largely explained by the fact that Catalan is the
habitual language of these companies and has been so for the last four years, as the data
on progress indicate.
and rather less importantly business men and women who take this opinion
understand that it is difficult to increase the use of Catalan in their companies because
of Spanish-speaking clients, Spanish-speaking internal staff and the phenomenon of
bilingualism or freedom of language in general, which tends to favour increased use of
Spanish to the detriment of Catalan.
4.2. Advances and obstacles to the use of Catalan
CECOT companies were clearly divided over the issue as to whether the use of Catalan
offered advantages: 48.8% considered that it did not, whereas 41.5% thought the opposite,
and 9.8% did not express their opinion on the subject.
believes that the use of Catalan has more advantages, whereas industry is more sceptical.
On this same topic, small-medium enterprises believe more than microcompanies in these
The business managers whom we surveyed were divided about the advantages of using Catalan
in their companies, but they almost unanimously affirmed that using Catalan did not create
disadvantages for the company (85.0%). Only 10.0% of those surveyed believed the opposite,
and 5% did not state their opinion on the issue. More small-medium enterprises believed
that the use of Catalan had certain disadvantages for business.
We have been seen that the attitude towards Catalan in the majority of the companies
surveyed is generally positive. However, real Catalan use is not an issue in many cases
because Spanish has become the most habitual internal language and because, externally,
companies believe that they are required to use Spanish when dealing with clients and the
markets of their products.