Human Resources

The Commonwealth factor in human resources

""The human resource advantage of the Commonwealth lies mainly in its language and common international standards adopted by virtue of its history.

English is the language of the Commonwealth and a national official language in 44 of the 53 Commonwealth countries. Even in countries where it’s not an official language like Cyprus and Malaysia, it is widely spoken. With its successful global-orientated information technology and call centre industries which employ millions, India is the perfect example of how speaking the language can be a vital human resource.

Commonwealth countries have maintained common standards in a variety of professional fields. To an extent, education and training routes and qualifications in a number of professions are standardised and transferrable with cross-recognition among Commonwealth countries. This includes:

  • financial qualifications such as those in accountancy, auditing and actuarial science
  • legal qualifications including advocates, barristers, solicitors and attorneys
  • key-stage qualifications in education such as A ‘levels, O ‘levels and GCSEs
  • health profession qualifications in midwifery, nursing, medicine and pharmacy
  • more recently, technological qualifications which tend to be more generally global in nature but, when linked with strong English skills, adopt a Commonwealth dimension.

In areas such as the financial field qualification standards in Commonwealth countries have often originated from internationally-oriented professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFA) both based in the United Kingdom. Indeed ACCA and IFA began their international operations within the Commonwealth. In instances where countries have chosen to establish local versions of such international bodies they often emulate international bodies in terms of qualification standards, codes of practice and governance. Partnerships between an international body such as ACCA and local bodies are increasingly commonplace where there are joint examination schemes, collaborations on continuing professional development (CPD), technical research and global quality assurance. Nonetheless, even with the establishment of such local bodies some budding professionals pursue the more international (often UK) route exclusively because of its wide acceptance in the Commonwealth and globally.

Select a Country:
Antigua and Barbuda Australia The Bahamas
Bangladesh Barbados Belize
Botswana Cameroon Canada
Cyprus Dominica Fiji
Ghana Grenada Guyana
India Jamaica Kenya
Lesotho Malawi Malaysia
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia
New Zealand Nigeria Pakistan
Papua New Guinea Rwanda Saint Lucia
Samoa Seychelles Singapore
South Africa Sri Lanka St Vincent and The Grenadines
Swaziland Tonga Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda United Kingdom United Republic of Tanzania