OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills (2013)

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The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is an OECD initiative that provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE). This document presents the main findings of the survey, and discusses the implications of those findings.

In most countries, there are significant proportions of adults who score at lower levels of proficiency in literacy and numeracy and in many countries, proportions of the population lack the basic skills needed to use information technology for everyday tasks.

The authors note that the use of skills in the workplace influences a number of labour market phenomena, including productivity and the gender gap in wages. Proficiency in literacy, numeracy, and PS-TRE is positively associated with the probability of being employed, and earning higher wages.

Adults who engage more often in literacy- and numeracy-related activities and use information technology more, both at work and in other places, have greater proficiency in those skills, even after taking educational attainment into account.

At the country level, there is a clear relationship between the extent of participation in organized adult learning activities and average proficiency in key skills.

In all countries, individuals who score at lower levels of proficiency in literacy are more likely to report poor health, believe that they have little impact on the political process, and not participate in community activities.

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2020 <http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/oecd-skills-outlook-2013_9789264204256-en>
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2013). OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/oecd-skills-outlook-2013_9789264204256-en
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