(EXPRESS) — School leavers are being sent back to the classroom by their employers to “de-text” their language.

Bosses say increasing numbers of young recruits are unable to communicate with customers in formal English.

Instead they use “text speak” and litter emails with abbreviations and obscure acronyms.

Now senior business figures are urging the Government to take action. They believe social networking has created an underclass of prospective employees who lack the basic skills needed to secure employment.

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