THE Symphonic Orchestra of the Balearic Islands has pitched in on the debate about using Catalan in the workplace.

The group has announced that it will now give musicians with an accredited B2 or intermediate knowledge of the language priority when filling temporary vacancies.

The nationality of applicants is irrelevant, a spokesperson has said.

The orchestra did specify that for those joining on a temporary contract which has a duration longer than a year and a half will not be initially penalised for not speaking the language.

However they are expected to obtain the B2 language certificate within a year or else their contract with be terminated.

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