England and Wales: English language proficiency of non-native speakers in 2011

This statistic shows the self-assessed proficiency levels of the non-native English speaking population in England and Wales in 2011. While 3.2 percent stated that they could speak English very well, 0.3 percent stated that they could not speak English at all. Non-native speakers of English accounted for 7.7 percent of the total population of England and Wales.

Percentage of total population who were non-native speakers of English in England and Wales in 2011, by proficiency*

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Release date

January 2013


United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

March 27, 2011

Number of respondents

53,961,451 respondents

Age group

3 years and older

Method of interview

Postal questionnaire

Supplementary notes

*Percentages were calculated by using the population figure given and the number of people in each category.
The options for this question were subjective and open to the respondent's interpretation, therefore they may not give an accurate representation of England and Wales' English language proficiency rates.

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