Language Services Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

Language Services Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

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Market Overview:

The global language services market size reached US$ 67.2 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 98.6 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% during 2023-2028. The rising demand for content in various formats, such as video, audio, and written material, the proliferation of social media and online content, and the rise in international students and immigrants are some of the major factors propelling the market.

Report Attribute
Key Statistics
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2022
US$ 67.2 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028
US$ 98.6 Billion
Market Growth Rate 2023-2028

Language services refer to a broad range of professional offerings that facilitate effective communication and language-related needs across various domains. These services are designed to bridge the linguistic gaps between individuals, businesses, and cultures. The primary goal is to ensure accurate and culturally appropriate communication, be it through written or spoken language. Additionally, these services encompass linguistic consulting, localization, transcreation, and language training. Localization tailors content and products to specific regions or cultures to resonate with local audiences effectively. Transcreation involves creatively adapting content while retaining its intent and message. Language training helps individuals or businesses acquire proficiency in new languages for better global communication.

The rising demand for content in various formats, such as video, audio, and written materials, is driving the global market. Moreover, various countries and regions have implemented language policies that require businesses and organizations to provide information and services in specific languages. Compliance with these policies fuels the market across the globe. Besides, the rise in international students and immigrants in different countries has increased the demand for language training and translation services for educational and immigration-related purposes. Furthermore, the proliferation of social media and online content has resulted in an increased need for real-time translation services to engage with audiences across different regions. With businesses expanding their customer base globally, providing multilingual customer support becomes essential. Language services help in offering seamless communication and assistance to customers in their native languages. As internet penetration continues to grow worldwide, more people are accessing online content in different languages. The services help businesses reach these global audiences effectively.

Global Language Services Market Report

Language Services Market Trends/Drivers:

Globalization and International Business Expansion

As businesses venture into new markets, they encounter diverse languages and cultures, making effective communication a top priority. Language services play a critical role in enabling seamless communication across linguistic boundaries. Translation services, in particular, are in high demand as companies seek to localize their websites, marketing materials, product information, and legal documents to resonate with target audiences in different regions. Moreover, interpretation services are essential for facilitating international meetings, conferences, and negotiations, ensuring that participants from different language backgrounds can collaborate and understand each other. As globalization continues to drive companies towards international expansion, the market is expanding, providing a significant impetus to the language services market.

Continual Technological Advancements in Language Technology

The cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), natural language processing (NLP), and machine learning have revolutionized the way language services are delivered, enhancing efficiency, accuracy, and accessibility. Neural machine translation (NMT), an AI-driven approach, has improved the quality of automated translations, making them more usable for various purposes, such as business communications, customer support, and content localization. NLP capabilities allow language service providers to analyze vast amounts of text data, extract insights, and customize language solutions to specific industries and domains. Additionally, cloud-based platforms and collaborative tools facilitate seamless interactions between linguists, clients, and project managers across the globe. As AI and language technology continue to advance, the services market is impelled for further growth and innovation, with new applications and services constantly emerging.

E-commerce and Digital Content Proliferation

With consumers increasingly turning to online platforms for shopping and information, businesses have adapted new strategies to cater to global audiences. To gain a competitive edge in the international market, e-commerce companies are recognizing the importance of localized content. Language services, including translation, localization, and transcreation, have become indispensable tools for e-commerce businesses aiming to connect with customers in their native languages and cultures. By providing product descriptions, user interfaces, customer support, and marketing content in local languages, companies can establish trust and credibility, leading to increased customer engagement and loyalty. As e-commerce continues to expand into new territories, the demand for services in this sector will remain a significant driving force behind the overall growth of the language services market. 




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Language Services Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global language services market report, along with forecasts at the global, regional and country levels from 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on service, component and application.

Breakup by Service:




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  • Translation Services
  • Interpretation Services
  • Others

Translation services dominates the market

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the service. This includes translation services, interpretation services, and others. According to the report, translation services represented the largest segment.

Translation plays a vital role in bridging communication gaps between individuals, businesses, and organizations operating in diverse linguistic environments. The need for translation services has been driven by the increasing globalization of businesses and the rapid growth of international trade and collaborations. As companies expand their operations into new markets, they encounter the challenge of reaching and engaging with customers who speak different languages. This necessitates the translation of various documents and content, such as product descriptions, marketing materials, legal contracts, and websites, into multiple languages to cater to their target audiences effectively. Moreover, governments, NGOs, and international organizations also heavily rely on translation services to communicate with constituents, stakeholders, and partners across borders. Also, advancements in language technology have significantly propelled the efficiency and accuracy of translation services. Furthermore, the translation services segment is benefiting from the growing need for localization in the global business landscape.

Breakup by Component:

  • Software
  • Hardware

Software hold the largest share in the market

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the component has also been provided in the report. This includes software, and hardware. According to the report, software accounted for the largest market share.

With the advent of artificial intelligence and neural machine translation (NMT) algorithms, automated translation has reached unprecedented levels of quality and speed. NMT systems can learn from vast amounts of multilingual data, enabling them to produce more natural and contextually accurate translations. This advancement has made machine translation a go-to solution for businesses and individuals alike, facilitating real-time communication across language barriers. In addition to machine translation, software components include robust language processing tools. Natural language processing (NLP) technology has brought about a revolution in language understanding and analysis. NLP algorithms can perform tasks such as sentiment analysis, text summarization, and language-specific processing, allowing for deeper insights from large volumes of text data. Also, businesses leverage these language processing tools to gain actionable intelligence from customer feedback, social media interactions, and market trends, thereby aiding decision-making and strategy development.

Breakup by Application:

  • IT and Telecommunications
  • Commercial
  • Government
  • Automotive
  • Healthcare
  • Others

IT and telecommunications hold the largest share in the market

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the application has also been provided in the report. This includes IT and telecommunications, commercial, government, automotive, healthcare, and others. According to the report, IT and telecommunications accounted for the largest market share.

As these industries expand their reach across borders, they encounter diverse linguistic challenges that necessitate the need for language services. IT companies develop software, applications, and websites that cater to a global user base, requiring localization and translation services to adapt their products to different languages and cultures. Effective communication is vital in the IT and telecommunications sectors, particularly during multinational collaborations, software development, and customer support interactions. As a result, language services, including interpretation services for virtual meetings and conferences, are indispensable in ensuring seamless communication among stakeholders speaking various languages. Furthermore, the telecommunications industry, with the proliferation of mobile devices and communication platforms, relies heavily on language services to reach diverse audiences worldwide. Telecom companies need to translate user manuals, marketing materials, and customer support content to serve customers in multiple regions effectively.

Breakup by Region:




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  • North America
    • United States
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • United Kingdom
    • Germany
    • France
    • Sweden
    • Russia
    • Netherlands
    • Others
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Others
  • Middle East and Africa
    • Turkey
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Iran
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Others

Europe exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest language services market share

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which includes North America (the United States and Canada), Europe (the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Russia, Netherlands, and Others), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, and Others), the Middle East and Africa (Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and others), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Others). According to the report, Europe accounted for the largest market share.

Europe countries have a long history of engaging in trade and establishing international business partnerships, requiring high-quality translation and interpretation services to navigate linguistic barriers. As a result, numerous businesses and organizations heavily rely on language services to support their international expansion and outreach to diverse markets. Additionally, Europe's technological advancements and innovation in language technology have driven the development of cutting-edge language solutions. Many leading language service providers in Europe leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing to offer efficient and scalable language services. These technology-driven solutions cater to the evolving needs of businesses and individuals seeking quick and accurate language support in the fast-paced global market. Furthermore, the region’s strong emphasis on education and multilingualism contributes to the region's prominence in the language services market.

Competitive Landscape:

Language service providers are actively integrating advanced language technologies, such as machine translation, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence, into their services. These technologies helped improve translation efficiency, accuracy, and scalability, offering faster turnaround times and cost-effective solutions for clients. Moreover, companies in the language services market are expanding their localization offerings to cater to the needs of global businesses. Localization involves adapting content to specific cultural and linguistic preferences of target markets, making it essential for companies seeking to engage with diverse audiences worldwide. Additionally, companies are expanding their multilingual customer support services to assist businesses in communicating with their global customer base effectively. This included offering customer service in multiple languages via various channels, including email, chat, and phone. Language service providers were adopting collaborative platforms and cloud-based solutions to enhance communication between linguists, clients, and project managers across different geographical locations.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • Global Linguist Solutions LLC
  • Hogarth Worldwide
  • Keywords Studios Plc
  • LanguageLine Solutions (Teleperformance)
  • Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.
  • Mission Essential Personnel
  • RWS Holdings plc
  • SDI Media
  • SDL plc
  • TransPerfect Solutions

Recent Developments:

  • In February 2023, RWS Holdings plc launched TrainAI. This launch offers clients access to RWS’s Smart Source community which collects, annotates, and validates any type of AI data, from text, audio, images, and videos to multilingual and synthetic data. This data helps clients to train their own ML models, ranging from search, and virtual assistants, to facial recognition, voice control and content moderation systems.
  • In March 2021, Hogarth worldwide partners with GroupM to launch a global addressable content practice.
  • In July 2020, The Mission essential group launches mission essential intelligence solutions (MEIS).

Language Services Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2022
Historical Period 2017-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • Service
  • Component
  • Application
  • Region
Services Covered Translation Services, Interpretation Services, Others
Components Covered Software, Hardware
Applications Covered IT and Telecommunications, Commercial, Government, Automotive, Healthcare, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Sweden, Russia, Netherlands, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered Global Linguist Solutions, LLC, Hogarth Worldwide, Keywords Studios Plc, LanguageLine Solutions (Teleperformance), Lionbridge Technologies, Inc., Mission Essential Personnel, RWS Holdings plc, SDI Media, SDL plc, TransPerfect Solutions etc.
Customization Scope 10% Free Customization
Report Price and Purchase Option Single User License: US$ 2499
Five User License: US$ 3499
Corporate License: US$ 4499
Post-Sale Analyst Support 10-12 Weeks
Delivery Format PDF and Excel through Email (We can also provide the editable version of the report in PPT/Word format on special request)

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the language services market from 2017-2028.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global language services market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the language services industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The global language services market was valued at US$ 67.2 Billion in 2022.

We expect the global language services market to exhibit a CAGR of 6.2% during 2023-2028.

The rising instances of international business tourism, medical tourism, leisure tourism, on-site work stays, etc., are primarily driving the global language services market.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the growing inclination towards language services solution among individuals to remotely generate effective communication, wide geographical outreach, high accuracy rate, and skill development.

Based on the service, the global language services market can be categorized into translation services, interpretation services, and others. Currently, translation services exhibit clear dominance in the market.

Based on the component, the global language services market has been segmented into hardware and software, where software represents the largest market share.

Based on the application, the global language services market can be bifurcated into IT and telecommunications, commercial, government, automotive, healthcare, and others. Among these, the IT and telecommunication sector accounts for the majority of the total market share.

On a regional level, the market has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, where Europe currently dominates the global market.

Some of the major players in the global language services market include Global Linguist Solutions, LLC, Hogarth Worldwide, Keywords Studios Plc, LanguageLine Solutions (Teleperformance), Lionbridge Technologies, Inc., Mission Essential Personnel, RWS Holdings plc, SDI Media, SDL plc, and TransPerfect Solutions.

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