The labour market of Cyprus is diverse. According to the latest data from the Statistical Service of Cyprus (2018), a total of 325.604 Cypriots, 45.383 EU nationals and 29.891 Non-EU nationals comprised the Cypriot labour market.
In most jobs, a good level of Greek is required; however, English is widely spoken on the island since Cyprus used to be a British colony. Therefore, some jobs might only require English as a spoken language. This is usually the case in jobs that belong in the tourist sector.
Language – misunderstandings are common among people who speak the same language, so it’s not surprising that people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds face communication barriers. Anything from the mispronunciation of a word to a lack of specificity can lead to misunderstandings. Language is a reflection of culture, and different cultures have very different ways of assigning meanings to words.
Have you ever faced any barrier in your workplace? Either linguistic, behavioural, stereotypical or religious/cultural barrier?