English has developed into the most widely spoken language worldwide, and shows strong impact on international businesses and on the exchange of information on a global as well as on a national 65level. It is, therefore, important for Austrian and Styrian companies that their workforce is capable of excellent English language skills in order to compete on the international economic sector. This thesis focuses on English for specific purposes (ESP) and on English as a lingua franca (ELF), specifically discussing the positions they hold within the global economic sector. Current statistical outcomes concerning the English level of language learners in Austria compared to the EU and on a global scale are also presented in detail.The main idea of this thesis is to find out which level of English language skills Styrian companies expect from their applicants, and whether excellent language knowledge is essential for the jobs provided or not. The survey specifically focuses on aspects such as the expected language skills according to the CEFR levels (Common European Framework of Reference), language use in work environments and whether other foreign language skills are required by Styrian companies. For the survey, 30 telephone interviews were held anonymously with human resource representatives and focused on the applicants English competence levels and subsequently the Styrian companies expectations. As a consequence of the large number of English speakers, in the future more focus will be put on English varieties which serve specific purposes. Most job applicants are expected to be fluent especially in English for business purposes or English for technical purposes, but also multilingualism among the workforce is preferred by most companies and assumed to increase. These conditions form the basis of the survey and are confirmed by the interviews.